The Social Meaning of Money

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BasicBooks, 1994 - Business & Economics - 286 pages
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A distinguished social scientist shows what money really does for us--and to us. The book describes how people have invented their own forms of currency, earmarking money in ways that baffle market theorists, incorporating funds into webs of friendship and family relations, and otherwise differentiating the process by which spending and saving takes place.

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The social meaning of money

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Zelizer, noted sociologist and author (Pricing the Priceless Child, LJ 5/1/85), has written a book about the of money. No dry economic tome, this work betrays the author's sociological interest. She ... Read full review

Review: The Social Meaning of Money: Pin Money, Paychecks, Poor Relief, and Other Currencies

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Overall, I thought this was a wonderful and well researched book on the social life of money. I especially loved the chapters on the way money changes its meaning when it enters homes and ... Read full review

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About the author (1994)

Viviana A. Zelizer is the Lloyd Cotsen 50 Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. She is the author of "The Purchase of Intimacy", "The Social Meaning of Money", "Pricing the Priceless Child" (all Princeton), and "Morals and Markets: The Development of Life Insurance in the United States".

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