First published in 1981, this book concerns itself with the different ways in which money is used, the relationships which then arise, and the institutions concerned in maintaining its various functions. Thomas Crump examines the emergence of institutions with familiar and distinctive monetary roles: the state, the market and the banking system. However, other uses of money - such as for gambling or the payment of fines - are also taken into account, in an exhaustive, encyclopedic treatment of the subject, which extends far beyond the range of conventional treatises on money.
1. The Phenomenology of Money 2. The Money Game 3. Money and Exchange 4. The Debt Relationship 5. The Supply of Money 6. The Role of the Corporation 7. Distribution and Redistribution 8. Boundaries in the Use of Money 9. The Monetary role of the State 10. The Development of Commercial Banking 11. Central Banking: Illusion and Reality 12. The Pure-Money Complex and its Transformations 13. Capital and Corporate State 14. The Socialist States 15. The Third World: Scale, Inversion and Discontinuity 16. Foreign Exchanges and International Finance 17. Inflation 18. Diverse Approaches to a Single Phenomenon?