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Accounting for Debt: Toward a Methodology of Critical Abstraction

Miranda Joseph

in Debt to Society: Accounting for Life under Capitalism

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816687411
eISBN:
9781452949109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816687411.003.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines the role of accounting in the social relations of credit and debt, with particular emphasis on the dialectic of abstraction and particularization through which capitalism ... More


Pain of Debt, or, What We Owe to Retroactivity

Simon Morgan Wortham

in Modern Thought in Pain: Philosophy, Politics, Psychoanalysis

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780748692415
eISBN:
9781474408660
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748692415.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter looks at recent writings on debt, notably those by Maurizio Lazzarato and David Graeber. It asks whether Graeber's book Debt: The First 5,000 Years is able to resist the insidious logic ... More


No Deposit, No Return: Religious Rejections of Exchange

Robert A. Yelle

in Sovereignty and the Sacred: Secularism and the Political Economy of Religion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226585451
eISBN:
9780226585628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226585628.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 6 considers two case studies that reject the idea that salvation can be purchased through exchange, whether of gifts, sacrifices, or money. The first study is of the Roman or papal Jubilees ... More


Distributed Agency and Debt in the Durational Ethics of Responsibility

Jane I. Guyer

in Distributed Agency

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
February 2017
ISBN:
9780190457204
eISBN:
9780190457235
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190457204.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

The chapter draws a distinction between: the abstract calculated time and individuated responsibility of modern debt regimes, and philosophies of the durational ethics of responsibility that ... More


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