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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Contents

Acknowledgments
The Temporal Order of Capitalism
Expectations and Uncertainty
Fictional Expectations
The Promise of Future Value
Imaginaries of Profit
Imaginaries of Technological Futures
Value from Meaning
Instruments of Imagination
The Crystal Ball of Calculative Devices
The Enchanted World of Capitalism
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