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Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works

Nina Bandelj, Frederick F. Wherry, and Viviana A. Zelizer


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? This 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. The book proposes fresh explanations for money's origins, uses, effects, and future. It explores five key questions: How do social relationships, emotions, and morals shape how pe ... More

Keywords: money, social relationships, emotions, morals, corporations, investment, finance, currency, financial inequality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780691168685
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691168685.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nina Bandelj, editor
University of California, Irvine

Frederick F. Wherry, editor
Yale University

Viviana A. Zelizer, editor
Princeton University

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Nina Bandelj, Frederick F. Wherry & Viviana A. Zelizer

Part I Beyond Fungibility

Chapter 2 Morals and Emotions of Money

Nina Bandelj, Tyler Boston, Julia Elyachar, Julie Kim, Michael McBride, Zaibu Tufail & James Owen Weatherall

Part II Beyond Special Monies

Part III Creating Money

Chapter 7 The Market Mirage

David Singh Grewal

Part IV Contested Money

Chapter 9 Money and Emotion

Arlie Hochschild

Part V Money Futures

Chapter 12 Money Talks, Plastic Money Tattles

Alya Guseva & Akos Rona-Tas