Imagined Futures: Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics

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Harvard University Press, Jun 7, 2016 - Social Science - 383 pages
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Consumers, investors, and corporations orient their activities toward a future that contains opportunities and risks. How do these actors assess uncertainty? Jens Beckert adds a new chapter to the theory of capitalism by showing how fictional expectations drive modern economies—or throw them into crisis when imagined futures fail to materialize.

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