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Fictionalizing the Economy and Reviewing Imagined Futures of Capitalism

by Lars Crusefalk* In the book Imagined Futures – Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics, a leading economic sociologist Jens Beckert argues that social scientists need to put more emphasis on how actors in modern capitalistic societies handle uncertainty in relation to … Continue reading

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Princes of the Yen and the Japanese Shock Doctrine

“It is better for the Bank of Japan not to attract attention and remain as quit as the forest in a rural shrine.” – Hisato Ichimada, the 18th Governor of the Bank of Japan, 1946-1954 (Werner 2003: 70) “Thanks to this … Continue reading

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Créditez-vous français? Credit as a relationship and a practice

I’m subscribed to “Gdr-economie-sociologie” – an academic mailing list of French and French-speaking economic sociologists and political economists. Receiving through this list announcements about new interesting and enlightening books and articles (in French), intellectually inviting conferences and seminars (conducted in French, … Continue reading

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Listen to the Athenian Solon: “Our virtue sticks with us and makes us strong, but money changes owners all day long”

Solon (c. 638 – c. 558 BC) was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker and poet, particularly known for ending exclusive aristocratic control of the government and his efforts to legislate against political, economic, and moral decline in archaic Athens, whose elite was obsessed with wealth, power, and prestige. His first … Continue reading

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Fed with credit: financial “liberalization”, deregulation and the role of credit in Iceland’s collapse

Beginning in the 1990s, Iceland embarked on a major “liberalization” policy, privatizing its financial sector and reorganizing regulation. The resulting highly concentrated banking sector refocused on investment banking and international operations, while businesses, consumers and the finance industry itself borrowed … Continue reading

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Debt to Society: Accounting for Life under Capitalism

Miranda Joseph‘s important and interesting book Debt to Society: Accounting for Life under Capitalism is a timely scholarly endeavour to understand, what I once termed Neoliberal Pauperism. Joseph’s research focuses on one of the key practices related to debt’ control – accounting and quantification. It studies modes … Continue reading

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Money is a mode of governance in a material world of capitalism

Money travels the modern world in disguise. It looks like a convention of human exchange – a commodity like gold or a medium like language. But its history reveals that money is a very different matter. It is an institution … Continue reading

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Credit makes you free! Neoliberalism, politics of debt and the subjugation of the working poor

Under the rubric of ‘financial inclusion’, lending to the poor – in both the global North and global South – has become a highly lucrative and rapidly expanding industry since the 1990s. A key inquiry of Susanne Soederberg’s penetrating and … Continue reading

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What is money? Can we understand the current state of the economy as a crisis of money itself?

The latest economic collapse has incited substantial conversation about debt, financialization, and the commodification of everyday life. But what exactly is money? Making Money: The Philosophy of Crisis Capitalism turns the questions raised in the title into a matter of … Continue reading

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“… Until Debt Tear us Apart”: Debt is a Product of Power Relations

Debt is a product of power relations which inherently exhibits capturing and dominating mechanisms of subordination, appropriation and exploitation in various societal, political and economic fields. Debt is a degrading institutional tool which not merely controls and masters labor in advance, it also self- … Continue reading

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The history of money and its “divine” metamorphosis in the 20th century

A noted cultural anthropologist Professor Jack Weatherford observed in his fascinating The History of Money: “In the 20th century, we saw money turn rapidly from paper into plastic and then into mere electronic blips generated in computers, transferred over telephone … Continue reading

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“Classification Situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era” proposes to revisit class analysis through the prism of techno-social changes represented by the advent of market devices

A very interesting research “Classification Situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era” by Marion Fourcade & Kieran Healy examines the stratifying effects of economic classifications. They argue that in the neoliberal era market institutions increasingly use actuarial techniques to split and … Continue reading

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“Crisis, Value & Hope: Rethinking the Economy” — Current Anthropology special issue

“Crisis, value, and hope are three concepts whose intersection and mutual constitution open the door for a rethinking of the nature of economic life away from abstract models divorced from the everyday realities of ordinary people, the inadequacies of which … Continue reading

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The Bank of England’s “‪‎Money‬ Creation in the Modern ‪‎Economy‬” erodes the mainstream ‪economics‬ and ‪‎finance‬ theory

Money creation in practice differs from some popular misconceptions — banks do not act simply as intermediaries, lending out deposits that savers place with them, and nor do they ‘multiply up’ central bank money to create new loans and deposits. … Continue reading

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“Modern Politics as a Trust Scheme and Its Relevance to Modern Banking” demonstrates that modern banking and politics are mirror images of each other

The trust is largely absent in the classical writings of Karl Marx and Max Weber on the origins and nature of capitalism. Jongchul Kim demonstrates in this excellent essay (that was awarded the Article of the Year by Journal of … Continue reading

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