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This book originated in the basement of the École des Mines de Paris, in the seminar room in which gatherings for the Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation are typically held—and known to a few as the birthplace of actor-network theory. On October 18, 2011, participants in a research workshop were trying to come to terms with a strange assignment: “Describe an act of capitalization (one page).” Why such an odd task? The purpose was laudable. In a world cluttered with incantations on capital, capitalists and capitalism, it was quite a refreshing idea to test the old house recipe of turning things into processes, nouns into verbs, capital and its “isms” into an act. But the result was deplorable. Participants left the seminar frustrated, if not clueless and disoriented, with the impression of having missed something important—both the fragile specificity of an act of capitalization (what it is, exactly) and its significance for understanding what is happening (what it does to the world...

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