Digitalized Finance: Financial Capitalism and Informational Revolution


In Digitalized Finance, Edemilson Paraná investigates the relationship between the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and the process of financialization of economies on a global scale, particularly in Brazil. The book explains the influence of ICT in the emergence and consolidation, especially from the 1980s, of new forms of operation and management of the globalized financial system, highly connected, operated in “real time” with intensive use of technological features, and how these advances are related with the economic and social changes in question. It also describes how contemporary capital markets works, where the search for earnings is leveraged by sophisticated mathematical models, robots and automated trading software that seek financial gains in the milliseconds scale.
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Biographical Note

Edemilson Paraná, Ph.D. (2018), University of Brasília, is a sociologist. He has published in the areas of Economic Sociology, Political Economy and Social Theory.

Review Quote

"Edemilson Paraná has provided an astute and solid analysis of the role of ‘Information and Communication Technologies’ (ICT) in the intensification and strengthening of the financialization process of the global economy...he demonstrates that, just as the machinery of the industrial revolution made the already formally existent subordination of labor to capital a reality, the untiring development of the ICTs over the past few decades, by firmly establishing the compression of the space-time that is the nature of capital, has meant the increasing and very real subordination of the logic of productive accumulation to the logic of financial accumulation..." -- Leda Paulani, University of São Paulo "Edemilson Paraná offers the reader a rich overview of the impact of financial globalization...This book shows in detail how these processes take place, and how the application of the most advanced information and communication technologies have supported the rise of new ways of exploiting people, poor countries and nature, including a detailed and unique analysis of the restructuring of the relations of control and domination in Brazil." -- Alfredo Saad Filho, SOAS University of London

Table of contents

Maria de Lourdes Rollemberg Mollo

Luiz Gonzaga de Mello Belluzzo

The Finance of the Neoliberal Era
Treasury and Central Bank in the Financial Crisis


List of Tables and Figures

List of Abbreviations


1. Introduction

Methodological considerations

2. Capitalism at the beginning of the 21st century: globalized finance

A brief review of the theories of financialization
Interest bearing capital and fictitious capital
Globalization of capital: neoliberalism and finance-dominated accumulation regime

3. Technics, capital and society: the material bases of technological development

Investigating the technological practice from its social content
Technological development and financialization of the economy: theoretical starting points

4. Digitalized Finance: informatization at the service of financial dominance

The state of the art of Digitalized Finance at the beginning of the 21st century
The consequences of digitalization in the capitals markets
Recent trends: the next steps for Digitalized Finance

5. Digitalized Finance in the Brazilian context

A brief overview of the technical-operational development of the capitals market in Brazil
The development of ICT and the transformations of the Brazilian capital market: elective affinities

6. Final Considerations





All interested in the social and economic aspects of financialization, technology and contemporary digitalized financial markets. Especial interest to students, activists, researchers and academics on political and social sciences and economics.