The Nature of Money
The Nature of Money
In this important new book, Geoffrey Ingham draws on neglected traditions in the social sciences to develop a theory of the ‘social relation’ of money.
  • Genuinely multidisciplinary approach, based on a thorough knowledge of theories of money in the social sciences
  • An original development of the neglected heterodox theories of money
  • New histories of the origins and development of forms of money and their social relations of production in different monetary systems
  • A radical interpretation of capitalism as a particular type of monetary system and the first sociological outline of the institutional structure of the social production of capitalist money
  • A radical critique of recent writing on global e-money, the so-called ‘end of money’, and new monetary spaces such as the euro.
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  • April 2004
  • 264 pages
  • 158 x 235 mm / 6 x 9 in
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Table of Contents
Preface.

PART I. CONCEPTS AND THEORIES.

Introduction.

1. Money as a Commodity and ‘Neural’ Symbol of Commodities.

2. Abstract Value, Credit and the State.

3. Money in Sociological Theory.

4. Fundamentals of a Theory of Money.

PART II. HISTORY AND ANALYSIS.

5. The Historical Origins of Money and its Pre-capitalist Forms.

6. The Development of Capitalist Credit-Money.

7. The Production of Capitalist Crefit-Money.

8. Monetary Disorder.

9. New Monetary Spaces.

Concluding Remarks.

Notes.

References.

Index.

About the Author
Faculty of Social and Political Science, University of Cambridge
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"This excellent book reveals a sounder grasp of credit-money than many contemporary heterodox economists and almost all orthodox monetarist economists."
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