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Salvage Ethnography in the Financial Sector: The Path to Economic Crisis in Scotland

Jonathan Hearn


This book takes ethnographic data collected in 2001-2, during a year’s fieldwork in the Bank of Scotland and HBOS, and revisits it from the perspective of the present, that is, after the global banking and financial crisis that emerged around 2008 with devastating effects on several banks, including this one. It focuses on the year in which Bank of Scotland merged with Halifax to form HBOS, scrutinising an encounter between two very different organisational cultures, embedded in Scottish and English national identities that are often symbolically opposed. Through this ethnographic setting it e ... More

Keywords: Bank of Scotland/HBOS, Salvage ethnography, National identities, Organisational cultures, Economic crisis, Social change, Competition, Scotland

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780719087998
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719087998.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Hearn, author
University of Edinburgh