Publikationen Stefan Leins



Stories of Capitalism: Inside the Role of Financial Analysts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.  

Forthcoming book translations:

Korean-lanuage edition, by HanulMPlus

Hungarian-language edition, by Pallas Athéné

Articles and Book Chapters (peer-reviewed)


2 research articles and 1 book chapter are currently in review.

„Management.“ In: Research Agenda in Economic Anthropology, edited by James G. Carrier. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.


 “Bankgeheimnisse.” In: Museum der Kulturen Basel (ed.): Das Geheimnis: Wer was wissen darf. Berlin: Hatje Cantz


Performativität und ihre Grenzen: Das Verhältnis zwischen ökonomischem Wissen und ökonomischer Praxis am Beispiel der Finanzanalyse. In: Maeße, Jens / Pahl, Hanno / Sparsam, Jan (eds.): Die Innenwelt der Ökonomie: Wissen, Macht und Performativität in der Wirtschaftswissenschaft, pp. 425-447. Wiesbaden: Springer.


Greenwashing in Islamic Finance? An Analysis of Islamic Private Banks’ Non-Financial Reports and a Proposal for an Islamic Finance Reporting Initiative Standard. Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, 3(2), 1-24 (with Peter Seele and Franziska Vogel)


Playing the market? The role of risk, uncertainty and authority in the construction of stock market forecasts. In: Cassidy, Rebecca / Pisac, Andrea / Loussouarn, Claire (eds.): Qualitative Research in Gambling: Exploring the production and consumption of risk, pp. 218-232. New York and London: Routledge.


“Investir dans l'Apocalypse!.” In: Conseth, Marc-Olivier / Knodel, Bernard / Laville, Yann / Mayor, Grégoire (eds.): What are you doing after the apocalypse? pp. 76-81. Neuchâtel: Musée d'ethnographie (with Ellen Hertz)


Pricing the Revolution: Financial analysts respond to the Egyptian uprising. Anthropology Today, 27(4), 11-14. Online


Zur Ethik des islamischen Finanzmarktes. Zeitschrift für Wirtschafts- und Unternehmensethik, 11(1), 66-75. Pdf (Mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Rainer Hampp Verlags)

Working Papers


 “Valueworks Fact Sheet No. 6: Pricing Mechanisms in Copper Trading.” Valueworks Working Paper.

 “Valueworks Fact Sheet No. 5: Switzerland’s Role in Commodity Trading.” Valueworks Working Paper.

Newspapers and Online Contributions


“Market Forecasting: A Sensitive Practice at the Heart of Neoliberal Capitalism.” Economic Sociology and Political Economy.

Volatility is Back! A good time tot hink about the notion of „stability“ in financial markets. Rebuilding Macroeconomics. Online:


Zurich Gnomes on the run. Socializing Finance - A blog on the Social Studies of Finance. Online:

Synthetic ETFs are changing the rules of the stock market “beauty contest”. Socializing Finance - A blog on the Social Studies of Finance. Online:

Anthropological Research – Financed by Whom? Ethical case discussions in the ethnological research, Swiss Ethnological Society.Online:


(with Ellen Hertz) The "Real Economy" and its Pariahs: Questioning moral dichotomies in contemporary capitalism. Theorizing the Contemporary, Cultural Anthropology Online. Online:


Muhammad als formidabler Risikomanager. UZH News, 8. Januar 2010. Online:

Der eigene Mythos beflügelt den islamischen Finanzmarkt. Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 12. November 2010, S. 35.

Book Reviews


Appadurai, Arjun: Banking on Words: The Failure of Language in the Age of Derivative Finance. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Reviewed in Anthropos, 111 (1), 294-295. 2016.


Carrier, James G. / Luetchford, Peter G. (eds.): Ethical Consumption. Social Value and Economic Practice. New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2012. Reviewed in Sociologus – Journal for Empirical Social Anthropology, 63 (1-2), 174-176.