Money and Soul
The psychology of money and the transformation of capitalism

By Per Espen Stoknes Translated by Susan M. Davies

Money and Soul
Paperback, 296 pages £12.95
Published: 23rd March 2009
ISBN: 9781900322461
Format: 234mm x 156mm


Many people feel that money and what we perceive as the psyche, or soul, are bitter enemies: do we choose money or soul, finance or feelings, markets or common humanity? This book traces the origins of these opposing concepts and the feelings that money provokes. Economic ideas often stand out as being universal, globally valid, and without cultural ties. But money is narrative and image just as much as it is a means of exchange and of preserving wealth. By viewing money as culture and philosophy, it becomes evident that the money of today is a system of symbols, something that society itself has devised over many centuries. Having considered the nature of money and psyche, Per Espen Stoknes asks how our culture makes us feel and think about them, and proposes how the framework around money can be expanded. This develops the idea of extended accounting to include natural and social capital in addition to the manufactured capital we are used to entering in the accounts—currently to the exclusion of all else. Money & Soul opens up new methods of looking at, thinking about, and using money. It points to a future where our ideas about money will be greatly expanded, and there will be different kinds of money, with different social purposes, in circulation.

Part 1: Like Oil and Water?
Money everywhere.
The camel and the eye of a needle.
What is money actually?
Why money and soul?
Part 2: Searching for the Soul within the Concepts of Economics.
New welfare.
Wealth, gold and green forests.
Accounts and bookkeeping – what does money say?
Money as credit.
Debt and interest.
Part 3: Towards an Expanded Capitalism.
Powerful economic myths.
A scenario for new forms of capital.

Per Espen Stoknes

Per Espen Stoknes is an organisational psychologist, senior lecturer at BI Norwegian School of Management and a partner in the Digital Thinking Network, an international think-tank for future scenario planning. He has worked both as a clinical therapist and an advisor to major national and international organisations.

Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 296 pages
ISBN: 9781900322461
Format: 234mm x 156mm

BISAC Code:  BUS027000, SOC000000
Imprint: Green Books

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