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Imagined Futures

Fictional Expectations and Capitalist Dynamics

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$44.00 • £38.95 • €40.95

ISBN 9780674088825

Publication Date: 06/07/2016


384 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

2 charts, 12 graphs


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  • Acknowledgments
    • 1. Introduction
  • I. Decision-Making in an Uncertain World
    • 2. The Temporal Order of Capitalism
    • 3. Expectations and Uncertainty
    • 4. Fictional Expectations
  • II. Building Blocks of Capitalism
    • 5. Money and Credit: The Promise of Future Value
    • 6. Investments: Imaginaries of Profit
    • 7. Innovation: Imaginaries of Technological Futures
    • 8. Consumption: Value from Meaning
  • III. Instruments of Imagination
    • 9. Forecasting: Creating the Present
    • 10. Economic Theory: The Crystal Ball of Calculative Devices
    • 11. Conclusion: The Enchanted World of Capitalism
  • Notes
  • References
  • Index

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