Debt : Ethics, the Environment, and the Economy

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From personal finance and consumer spending to ballooning national expenditures on warfare and social welfare, debt is fundamental to the dynamics of global capitalism. The contributors to this volume explore the concept of indebtedness in its various senses and from a wide range of perspectives. They observe that many views of ethics, citizenship, and governance are based on a conception of debts owed by one individual to others; that artistic and literary creativity involves the artist's dialogue with the works of the past; and that the specter of catastrophic climate change has underscored the debt those living in the present owe to future generations.
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  • Paperback | 242 pages
  • 215.9 x 355.6 x 25.4mm | 362.87g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253009383
  • 9780253009388
  • 1,799,027

Table of contents

Introduction Peter Y. Paik
1. Debt Richard D. Wolff
2. "I Consider It Un-American Not to Have a Mortgage": Immigrant Homeownership in Chicago Elaine Lewinnek
3. Demonizing Debt, Naturalizing Finance Mary Poovey
4. On Debt Michael Allen Gillespie
5. The Growth Imperative: Prosperity or Poverty Joel Magnuson
6. Democracy's Debt: Capitalism and Cultural Revolution Stephen L. Gardner
7. Is Debt the New Karma? Why America Finally Fell Apart Morris Berman
8. Measures of Time: Exploring Debt, Imagination, and Real Nature Julianne Lutz Warren
9. The Time of Living Dead Species: Extinction Debt and Futurity in Madagascar Genese Marie Sodikoff
10. Unintended Consequences and the Epistemology of Fraud in Dickens and Hayek Eleanor Courtemanche
11. The Resurrection of an Economic God: Keynes Becomes Postmodern Michael Tratner
12. China and the United States: The Bonds of Debt Donald D. Hester
13. Debt's Moral Kennan Ferguson
14. Debt, Theft, Permaculture: Justice and Ecological Scale Gerry Canavan
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This edited collection adds a welcome range of new perspectives on what has become a central issue for contemporary debate. One strength of the collection is the way in which it draws together research from a very diverse range of disciplinary backgrounds, meaning that even a reader who considers themselves to be an expert in this topic within a particular disciplinary field is likely to find something that provokes new questions and insights. * Anthropological Notebooks *
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About Peter Y. Paik

Peter Y. Paik is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is author of From Utopia to Apocalypse: Science Fiction and the Politics of Catastrophe and editor (with Marcus Bullock) of Aftermaths: Exile, Migration, and Diaspora Reconsidered.

Merry Wiesner-Hanks is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her books include The Renaissance and Reformation: A History in Documents, The Marvelous Hairy Girls: The Gonzales Sisters and Their Worlds, and Religious Transformations in the Early Modern World: A Brief Study with Documents.
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