Introducing Money by Mark PeacockIntroducing Money by Mark Peacock

Introducing Money

byMark PeacockEditorMark Peacock

Paperback | April 19, 2013

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This book provides a theoretical and historical examination of the evolution of money. It is distinct from the majority of 'economic' approaches, for it does not see money as an outgrowth of market exchange via barter. Instead, the social, political, legal and religious origins of money are examined.

The methodological and theoretical underpinning of the work is that the study of money be historically informed, and that there exists a 'state theory of money' that provides an alternative framework to the 'orthodox' view of money's origins.

The contexts for analysing the introduction of money at various historical junctures include ancient Greece, British colonial dependencies in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and local communities which introduce 'alternative' currencies. The book argues that, although money is not primarily an 'economic' phenomenon (associated with market exchange), it has profound implications (amongst others, economic implications) for societies and habits of human thought and action.

Mark Peacockis Associate Professor in the Department of Social Science, York University, Canada.
Title:Introducing MoneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 19, 2013Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0415539889

ISBN - 13:9780415539883


Table of Contents

Introduction  1. Two Theories of Money  2. Money in Archaic Greece: Excavating the Pre-Monetary Economy  3. The religious origins of money in Homeric society  4. Wergeld and the Legal Presuppositions of Money  5. Coin: the first all purpose money  6. Monetization in Colonial Contexts: Famine, Class and Markets in 'Development' Strategies  7. The Moral Economy of Parallel Currencies