melissa s. fisher
is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology at Georgetown University. Currently she is writing a book
about the career, networking, and mentoring practices of the first generation of Wall
Street women. This work draws attention to the ways women’s experiences are grounded
in larger historical frameworks of various sorts, including generational cultures (the
1960s and 1970s), social movements (feminism), and epochal shifts (the globalization of
financial capitalism). She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Columbia
University in 2003 and was a Visiting Summer Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Social
and Management Studies at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. She also has
experience working as a freelance corporate anthropologist specializing in consumer
research for Fortune 500 companies.
douglas r. holmes
is a Professor of Anthropology at Binghamton University.
During the past decade his research has focused on the social and cultural dynamics of
advanced European integration. His current research project examines the Deutsche
Bundesbank and the European Central Bank as they experiment with the formulation
and communication of monetary policy. His published works include Integral Europe:
Fast-Capitalism, Multiculturalism, Neofascism (2000) and Cultural Disenchantment:
Worker Peasantries in Northeast Italy (1989).
george e. marcus
is the Chancellor’s Professor of Anthropology at the University
of California, Irvine. He is the founding editor of the journal Cultural Anthropology and
creator of the fin de siècle series Late Editions at the University of Chicago Press. His
many influential works include Anthropology as Cultural Critique (coauthored with Mi-
chael Fischer, 1986) and Writing Culture (coedited with James Cli√ord, 1986). His recent
works include Ethnography through Thick and Thin (1998) and the edited volume Critical
Anthropology Now (1999).
Together, Professors Douglas Holmes and George Marcus are collaborating on an
ongoing attempt to reinvent the norms and forms of ethnographic research to adjust to
its changing circumstances of production. In particular, they are examining the theoret-
ical and methodological challenges posed by the study of cultures of expertise. They have
proposed a series of strategies by which the production of knowledge in domains of
science, politics, business, and art can be investigated ethnographically.
siobh´ an o’mahony
is an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Business School in the
Negotiation, Organizations, and Markets Unit. Her research examines the organization
and governance of community forms of enterprise, the management of common infor-
mation platforms, and the factors a√ecting cumulative innovation. She has written and
cowritten articles for Research in Organization Behavior, Research Policy, and the Academy
of Management Journal.
is Head of Socio-Cultural Anthropology at the University of California,
Berkeley. She is the author of Spirits of Resistance and Capitalist Discipline: Factory
Women in Malaysia (1987) and Flexible Citizenship: The Cultural Logics of Transna-
tionality (1999), and her edited volumes include Ungrounded Empires: The Cultural Poli-
tics of Modern Chinese Transnationalism (1995) and (with Stephen J. Collier) Global