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Doing Money

Elementary Monetary Theory from a Sociological Standpoint, 1st Edition

By Heiner Ganßmann


184 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book puts in place the groundwork for an alternative theory of money in a sociological perspective, proceeding by way of a critique of existing theories.

Table of Contents

Preface. Introduction Part 1: Problems and their Settings 1.1 Capitalism 1.2 Money: A veil? 1.3 Money: A Symbol? 1.4 Money: A Language? Part 2: Clarifications 2.1 Language and Money 2.2 Everyday Use of Money 2.3 Prices and the Metric of Money 2.4 Money as Things vs. Money as Pure Information 2.5 Money as a Social Relation? Part 3: Elementary Theory 3.1 Contingency and Interaction 3.2 Origins and Acceptability of Money 3.3 Quantitative Price Determination 3.4 Money and Uncertainty Absorption 3.5 Credit 3.6 Money, Credit and Crises. Conclusion

About the Author

Heiner Ganßmann was professor in the Department of Sociology of the Freie Universität Berlin until 2009, specializing in economic sociology, social policy and sociological theory.

About the Series

Routledge International Studies in Money and Banking

This series explores the roles of money and banking in the modern world. Banking is an increasingly important and international industry, and its interaction with money is a major concern for the world's economic policy-makers.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Money & Monetary Policy
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / Theory