In this book, James B. Greenberg and Thomas K. Park take an anthropological approach to the economic history of the past one thousand years and define credit as a potentially transformative force involving inequalties, rather than an exchange of equal valued commodites. Guiding readers through the medieval period all the way to the modern day, and tracking through the Mediterranean and Europe, Greenberg and Park reorient financial history and position social capital and ethical thought at its center. They examine the multicultural origins of credit and finance, from banking to credit cards and predatory lending, and bringing us up to date, they explore the forces that led to the collapse of global credit markets in 2007–2008. This book is recommended for scholars of anthropology, history, economics, religion, and sociology.
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About the Author
James B. Greenberg is professor of anthropology and senior research anthropologist at the University of Arizona.
Thomas K. Park is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Arizona.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Finance in the Middle Ages and the Scholastic Tradition
Chapter 2: Credit and Faith in Medieval Iberia: The Road not Taken
Chapter 3: Early European Finance 1050–1650
Chapter 4: Transcending Feudal Finance in Western Europe
Chapter 5: Mercantile Credit and the Atlantic Slave Trade
Chapter 6: Chayanov, Marx, and hidden interests in Rural Morocco
Chapter 7: Ethnicity and Social Capital in 1970s Sefrou
Chapter 8: Problematizing Modern Consumer Credit
Chapter 9: An Anthropology of the 2008 Credit Crisis
Conclusion: Hidden Interests and the Development of Finance