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
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.