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Critical Junctures in Mobile Capital


Jocelyn Pixley, Renate Mayntz, Iwan Azis, Luca Fantacci, Lucio Gobbi, Dick Bryan, Michael Rafferty, Herman Mark Schwartz, Andreas Nölke, Sam Whimster, Helena Flam, Helmut Kuzmics, Shaun Wilson, Massimo Amato, David Woodruff, Laura Sartori
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  • Date Published: March 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107189515

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  • During the recent financial crisis, the conflict between sovereign states and banks over who controls the creation of money was thrown into sharp relief. This collection investigates the relationship between states and banks, arguing that conflicts between the two over control of money produces critical junctures. Drawing on Max Weber's concept of 'mobile capital', the book examines the mobility of capital networks in contexts of funding warfare, global bubbles and dangerous instability disengaged from social-economic activity. It proposes that mobile capital is a primary feature of capitalism and nation states, and furthermore, argues that the perennial, hierarchical struggles between states and global banks is intrinsic to capitalism. Featuring authors writing from an impressively diverse range of academic backgrounds (including sociology, geography, economics and politics), Critical Junctures in Mobile Capital presents a variety of analyses using current or past examples from different countries, federations, and of differing forms of mobile capital.

    • Proposes that mobile capital is a primary feature of capitalism and nation states, appealing to readers looking for an understanding of current economic and political issues focused on the impacts of money and finance
    • Highlights lack of capital controls in global banking, asking whether state needs for funding nuclear arsenals and US desires to maintain dollar supremacy create critical junctures and impasses
    • Promotes a shift away from ideological debates on neoliberalism and neoclassical economics and towards political and social relations of money, and outcomes on global economic activity, poverty and populations
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    'A lively and thoroughly engaging collection. Every chapter comes at the question of contemporary money and finance from a new and often surprising angle. Provocative and energetic, the book has been assembled with wit and insight. The introduction alone is worth the price of admission, and the rest of the volume follows through on its promise.' Geoff Mann, Simon Fraser University, Canada

    The 'critical juncture' of the 1970s marked the end of decades of seemingly inevitable progress towards more equal societies, and the resurgence of a financialised capitalism. This volume presents a range of critical perspectives that help to unwrap the mysteries of mobile financial capital.' John Quiggin, Australian Laureate Fellow in Economics, University of Queensland

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107189515
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 14 b/w illus. 3 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Jocelyn Pixley
    1. Sovereign nations and the governance of international finance Renate Mayntz
    2. Coping with the dangerous component of capital flows and Asia's ineffective cooperation Iwan Azis
    3. How mobile capital plays off democracy – the Euro case and other federations Jocelyn Pixley
    4. Mobile capital as the ultimate form of war finance Luca Fantacci and Lucio Gobbi
    5. Capital moves financially – securitisation, value – and the emergent social relations of labour Dick Bryan and Michael Rafferty
    6. International money after the crisis. What do we know? Herman Mark Schwartz
    7. Beware of financialization! Emerging markets and mobile capital Andreas Nölke
    8. Lagoon immobility. The exceptional case of imperial Venice Sam Whimster
    9. 'Convenient reverse logic' in mobile capital's inequalities Jocelyn Pixley
    10. Imagine: grassroots against financialization Helena Flam
    11. Money, state and capital: the long-term perspective Helmut Kuzmics
    12. Super diversity, exploitation and migrant workers Shaun Wilson
    13. The bitcoin or the reality of a waking dream Massimo Amato
    14. Capital mobility and the fragmentation of monetary sovereignty David Woodruff
    15. Surrogate currencies: Sardex Laura Sartori

  • Editors

    Jocelyn Pixley, Macquarie University, Sydney
    Jocelyn Pixley is an Honorary Professor at Macquarie University and Professorial Research Fellow with the Global Policy Institute. An economic sociologist, her fieldwork involves interviewing top officials in financial centres. She is the author of Emotions in Finance, now in its second edition (Cambridge, 2012), and edited a volume on the same theme entitled New Perspectives on Emotions in Finance (2012). With Geoff Harcourt, she edited the volume Financial Crises and the Nature of Capitalist Money (2013).

    Helena Flam, Universität Leipzig
    Helena Flam is Professor of Sociology at the Universität Leipzig. Previous to this appointment, she assisted in setting up the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study and was a Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Social Research in Cologne. She has written and organized conferences on transnational social movements, transitional justice and transnational financial institutions.


    Jocelyn Pixley, Renate Mayntz, Iwan Azis, Luca Fantacci, Lucio Gobbi, Dick Bryan, Michael Rafferty, Herman Mark Schwartz, Andreas Nölke, Sam Whimster, Helena Flam, Helmut Kuzmics, Shaun Wilson, Massimo Amato, David Woodruff, Laura Sartori

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