Moral Economies of Money: Politics and the Monetary Constitution of Society

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Stanford University Press
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5.9 X 8.8 X 0.6 inches | 0.66 pounds

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About the Author
Jakob Feinig is Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development, College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University.
"In this book, Feinig sets out to make money visible as a practice. He does that with breath-taking effect. Brilliant, thought-provoking, and illuminating."--Christine Desan, Harvard University
"An absorbingly rich history of the struggles over money in the United States from colonial 'moral economies' to its expropriation by capitalist banking."--Geoffrey Ingham, University of Cambridge
"In this compelling fusion of sociological insight and historical narrative, Feinig succeeds in clarifying how money politics worked in the past, and why it should be revisited today."--Roy Kreitner, Tel Aviv University
"Moral Economies of Money: Politics and the Monetary Constitution of Society, the outstanding new book by the sociologist Jakob Feinig, shows that it doesn't have to be this way: we need not settle for a monetary system that breeds apathy or withdrawal into conspiracy theory. To the contrary--for much of this country's history, the conspicuous entanglement of fiscal and monetary policy encouraged money users to participate in the design, implementation, and governance of systems for issuing and retiring currency."--Aaron Wistar, Jacobin
"The sociologist Jakob Feinig challenges the dominant view of money as a scarce commodity. His masterful book Moral Economies of Money: Politics and the Monetary Constitution of Society demonstrates that money is an elastic public good."--Sandeep Vaheesan, UCLA Law Review