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Capital Culture Revisited: Sex, Testosterone and the City

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In this essay I want to revisit and add to the arguments in my book "Capital Culture: Gender at Work in the City", published a decade before the first signs of the current financial crisis. There I suggested that the City of London, the financial heart of the UK, is an arena riven by sexualized and gendered scripts: in other words capitalism is gendered. A decade or so later, these arguments seem just as relevant as the financial 'masters of the universe' are brought low, in part by their own behaviour. Here, I explore more explicitly the implications of testosterone-fuelled risk taking by both the traders and the chief executive officers of investment banks in the current world of casino capitalism. Copyright (c) 2010 The Author. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research(c) 2010 Joint Editors and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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  • LINDA McDOWELL, 2010. "Capital Culture Revisited: Sex, Testosterone and the City," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(3), pages 652-658, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:ijurrs:v:34:y:2010:i:3:p:652-658
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    1. Elster, Jon, 1996. "Rationality and the Emotions," Economic Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 106(438), pages 1386-1397, September.
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    Cited by:

    1. Julie A. Nelson, 2012. "Are Women Really More Risk-Averse than Men?," GDAE Working Papers 12-05, GDAE, Tufts University.
    2. Helena Liu & Leanne Cutcher & David Grant, 2015. "Doing Authenticity: The Gendered Construction of Authentic Leadership," Gender, Work and Organization, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 22(3), pages 237-255, May.
    3. Roger Keil, 2010. "Real Estate, the City and Place: The Crisis Unfolds," International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 34(3), pages 647-651, September.
    4. Julie A. Nelson, 2011. "11-03 "Would Women Leaders Have Prevented the Global Financial Crisis? Implications for Teaching about Gender, Behavior, and Economics"," GDAE Working Papers 11-03, GDAE, Tufts University.

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