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Introduction: towards a sociology of debt

Mark Featherstone (ed.)

in The Sociology of Debt

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781447339526
eISBN:
9781447339571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447339526.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

In this introductory chapter I consider the diverse meanings of the idea of debt in the contemporary world. Starting with the current problem of apparently ever-expanding debt, I explain the origins ... More


‘Choose your moments’: discipline and speculation in the indebted everyday

Samuel Kirwan, Leila Dawney, and Rosie Walker

Mark Featherstone (ed.)

in The Sociology of Debt

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781447339526
eISBN:
9781447339571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447339526.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

Looming behind the formidable spectres haunting Europe is a rising tide of indebted households. This chapter focuses upon the United Kingdom, where a perfect storm of measures has caused a ... More


Digital subprime: tracking the credit trackers

Joe Deville

Mark Featherstone (ed.)

in The Sociology of Debt

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2020
ISBN:
9781447339526
eISBN:
9781447339571
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447339526.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Economic Sociology

This chapter introduces a phenomenon I call ‘digital subprime’. Digital subprime represents a frontier in lenders’ quest for predictive power, involving a growing group of technology startups who are ... More


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