An Anthropology of Money: A Critical Introduction

1st Edition

Tim Di Muzio, Richard H. Robbins

Routledge
Published March 23, 2017
Textbook - 140 Pages - 31 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138646001 - CAT# Y290493
Series: Routledge Series for Creative Teaching and Learning in Anthropology

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Summary

An Anthropology of Money: A Critical Introduction shows how our present monetary system was imposed by elites and how they benefit from it. The book poses the question: how, by looking at different forms of money, can we appreciate that they have different effects? The authors demonstrate how modern money requires perpetual growth, an increase in inequality, environmental devastation, increasing commoditization, and, consequently, the perpetual consumption of ever more stuff. These are not intrinsic features of money, but, rather, of debt-money. This text shows that, through studying money in other cultures, we can have money that better serves the broader goals of society.

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