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Thinking infrastructure and the organization of markets: the creation of a legal market for cannabis in Colorado

Pflueger, Dane, Palermo, Tommaso and Martinez, Daniel (2019) Thinking infrastructure and the organization of markets: the creation of a legal market for cannabis in Colorado. Research in the Sociology of Organizations, 62. 233 - 253. ISSN 0733-558X

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Identification Number: 10.1108/S0733-558X20190000062015

Abstract

This chapter explores the ways in which a large-scale accounting system, known as Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Reporting and Compliance, contributes to the construction and organization of a new market for recreational cannabis in the US state of Colorado. Mobilizing the theoretical lenses provided by the literature on market devices, on the one hand, and infrastructure, on the other hand, the authors identify and unpack a changing relationship between accounting and state control through which accounting and markets unfold. The authors describe this movement in terms of a distinction between knowing devices and thinking infrastructures. In the former, the authors show that regulators and other authorities perform the market by making it legible for the purpose of intervention, taxation and control. In the latter, thinking infrastructures, an ecology of interacting devices is made and remade by a variety of intermediaries, disclosing the boundaries and possibilities of the market, and constituting both opportunities for innovation and domination through “protocol.”.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.emeraldinsight.com/series/rso
Additional Information: © 2019 Emerald Publishing Limited
Divisions: Accounting
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5601 Accounting
Sets: Departments > Accounting
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2019 10:05
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2020 00:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/91412

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