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Money Talks : Explaining How Money Really Works

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The world of money is being transformed as households and organizations face changing economies, and new currencies and payment systems like Bitcoin and Apple Pay gain ground. What is money, and how do we make sense of it? Money Talks is the first book to offer a wide range of alternative and unexpected explanations of how social relations, emotions, moral concerns, and institutions shape how we create, mark, and use money. This collection brings together a stellar group of international experts from multiple disciplines--sociology, economics, history, law, anthropology, political science, and philosophy--to propose fresh explanations for money's origins, uses, effects, and future. Money Talks explores five key questions: How do social relationships, emotions, and morals shape how people account for and use their money? How do corporations infuse social meaning into their financing and investment practices? What are the historical, political, and social foundations of currencies? When does money become contested, and are there things money shouldn't buy? What is the impact of the new twenty-first-century currencies on our social relations?
At a time of growing concern over financial inequality, Money Talks overturns conventional views about money by revealing its profound social potential.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 154.94 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 567g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 2 halftones. 1 line illus.
  • 0691168687
  • 9780691168685
  • 872,258

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"Money Talks ranges across the social sciences to show the many faces of a central component to modern life: money. It comes in different forms and guises, and it plays various emotive and budgetary roles. This book proves that our relationship with money is not just the bland, neutral 'medium of exchange' portrayed in classical economics."--George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics

"The essays featured in Money Talks take their inspiration from Viviana Zelizer's pathbreaking Social Meaning of Money, and show us the horizons on which studies of monetary inventiveness now stand. Admirably, this collection opens new vistas for another generation inheriting, and working in new ways from, this intellectual momentum."--Jane Guyer, Johns Hopkins University

"In a world in which monetization seems to be gobbling up every remote corner of social life, Money Talks makes a bold case for the continuing importance not only of subjective meaning in our understanding of money, but of social relations above and beyond exchanges between rational actors. This book brings together an interdisciplinary band of uncommonly smart and influential scholars to take stock of what we know about the myriad uses and meanings of money."--Frank Dobbin, Harvard University
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Table of contents

Preface ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction Advancing Money Talks 1 Nina Bandelj, Frederick F. Wherry, and Viviana A. Zelizer PART I BEYOND FUNGIBILITY 1 Economics and the Social Meaning of Money 25 Jonathan Morduch 2 Morals and Emotions of Money 39 Nina Bandelj, Tyler Boston, Julia Elyachar, Julie Kim, Michael McBride, Zaibu Tufail, and James Owen Weatherall 3 How Relational Accounting Matters 57 Frederick F. Wherry PART II BEYOND SPECIAL MONIES 4 The Social Meaning of Credit, Value, and Finance 73 Bruce G. Carruthers 5 From Industrial Money to Generalized Capitalization 89 Simone Polillo PART III CREATING MONEY 6 The Constitutional Approach to Money: Monetary Design and the Production of the Modern World 109 Christine Desan 7 The Market Mirage 131 David Singh Grewal 8 The Macro-Social Meaning of Money: From Territorial Currencies to Global Money 145 Eric Helleiner PART IV CONTESTED MONEY 9 Money and Emotion: Win-Win Bargains, Win-Lose Contexts, and the Emotional Labor of Commercial Surrogates 161 Arlie Hochschild 10 Paid to Donate: Egg Donors, Sperm Donors, and Gendered Experiences of Bodily Commodification 171 Rene Almeling 11 Money and Family Relationships: The Biography of Transnational Money 184 Supriya Singh PART V MONEY FUTURES 12 Money Talks, Plastic Money Tattles: The New Sociability of Money 201 Alya Guseva and Akos Rona-Tas 13 Blockchains Are a Diamond's Best Friend: Zelizer for the Bitcoin Moment 215 Bill Maurer 14 Utopian Monies: Complementary Currencies, Bitcoin, and the Social Life of Money 230 Nigel Dodd Selected References on the Social Scientific Study of Money 249 Contributor Biographies 255 Index 261
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"In a world in which monetization seems to be gobbling up every remote corner of social life, Money Talks makes a bold case for the continuing importance not only of subjective meaning in our understanding of money, but of social relations above and beyond exchanges between rational actors. This book brings together an interdisciplinary band of uncommonly smart and influential scholars to take stock of what we know about the myriad uses and meanings of money." - Frank Dobbin, Harvard University
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Although Money Talks will be essential reading for anyone interested in understanding the state of scholarship in the sociology of money, the diverse and wide-ranging contributions should make individual chapters valuable to audiences well beyond the confines of this subfield.---Russell J. Funk, Administrative Science Quarterly To anyone interested in money's sociality past, present, and future and its ability to shape and be shaped by groups, collectives, organizations, and institutions this book is integral to the ongoing debate.---Allister Pilar Plater, American Journal of Cultural Sociology "The essays featured in Money Talks take their inspiration from Viviana Zelizer's pathbreaking Social Meaning of Money, and show us the horizons on which studies of monetary inventiveness now stand. Admirably, this collection opens new vistas for another generation inheriting, and working in new ways from, this intellectual momentum."--Jane Guyer, Johns Hopkins University "Money Talks ranges across the social sciences to show the many faces of a central component to modern life: money. It comes in different forms and guises, and it plays various emotive and budgetary roles. This book proves that our relationship with money is not just the bland, neutral 'medium of exchange' portrayed in classical economics."--George Akerlof, Nobel Laureate in Economics "In a world in which monetization seems to be gobbling up every remote corner of social life, Money Talks makes a bold case for the continuing importance not only of subjective meaning in our understanding of money, but of social relations above and beyond exchanges between rational actors. This book brings together an interdisciplinary band of uncommonly smart and influential scholars to take stock of what we know about the myriad uses and meanings of money."--Frank Dobbin, Harvard University The book's central message--that the management and regulation of money should not be left to economists or bankers alone--is one we should all take to heart.---Rebecca Spang, Financial Times
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About Nina Bandelj

Nina Bandelj is professor of sociology and equity advisor to the dean of social sciences at the University of California, Irvine. Frederick F. Wherry is professor of sociology and codirector of the Center for Cultural Sociology at Yale University. Viviana A. Zelizer is the Lloyd Cotsen '50 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University.
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