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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.
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