Society After Money: A Dialogue

English | ISBN: 1501347373 | 2019 | 416 pages | PDF | 4 MB

Project Society After Money is an interdisciplinary project between commons theory, evolutionary political economy, media studies and sociology, that enter into a dialogue with one another in order to look at their specific theories and criticisms of money. Conceived as the beginning of a necessary interdisciplinary dialogue, the possibilities of post-monetary forms of organization and production are taken into account and examined. On one hand there is a lot of talk about ‘digital revolution’, ‘mediatized society’, ‘networks’, ‘Industry 4.0’. On the other hand the present is described in terms of crisis: ‘financial crisis’, ‘economic crisis’, ‘planetary boundaries’. At once there is the description of a media-technological change along with massive social and ecological disruptions.
Society After Money is based on the premise that there might be a conflict between digital media/digital technology and the medium of money – and perhaps new digital possibilities that allow alternative forms of economy. It criticizes what is normally seen as self-evident and natural, namely that social coordination has to be done by the medium of money. We’re left with a highly innovative collection of contributions that initiates a broader social discourse on the role of money in the global society of the 21st century.

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