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The Social Meanings of Money and Property
In Search of a Talisman



May 1999 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
In this fascinating volume Kenneth O Doyle provides a conceptual framework for understanding the social meanings of money and property, and the psychological, cultural, economic and political variables which contribute to these meanings.

The author advances the concept of money as talisman, by which individuals protect themselves from their individual fears: of incompetence, abandonment, disorganization and constraint - to mention but a few. Examples in support of this argument are drawn from many social systems, contemporary and historical.

 
PART ONE: PROSPECTUS
 
Exchange versus Communication
 
The Beginnings of Differentiation
 
Overview
 
PART TWO: LEGAL, RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL ANTECEDENTS
 
Patterns in Ancient Law
 
Patterns in the Great Religions
 
Patterns in Classical Philosophy
 
The Judeo-Christian Foundation
 
PART THREE: A BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL MODERATOR AND MODEL
 
A Moderator - Different Meanings for Different People
 
A Model - The Process of Attributing Meanings to Money and Property
 
PART FOUR: ELABORATION
 
Applications and Implications

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