Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives of Monetary Economics and Cryptocurrency

Jongseung Kim
Jun 12 · 6 min read

Description

The 2008 economic downturn, alongside broad-scale information and communication technologies have led to a proliferation of imagination in the money form and its uses. This new imagination has brought many observers to reflect on basic yet exceptionally complex questions, such as: what is money? What are its everyday uses? And how have cryptocurrencies changed perceptions and uses of money?

This seminar addresses these questions by exploring sociological and anthropological perspectives of society and economy through various theoretical, historical, and ethnographic studies of money and cryptocurrency. Our discussions will include origins and sociologies of money, money as a commodity and as a form of credit, and money as a quantifiable and governable object. In the final weeks, we will look at various ways in which cryptocurrencies weave together society and economy as well as explore how governing institutions are attempting to make sense of this new money form.

Objectives

Session 1 : Introductions

Session 2 : Origins of Money

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Session 3 : Sociologies of Money

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Session 4 : Money as Commodity

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Session 5 : Money as Credit

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Session 6 : The Quantity Theory of Money and Monetarism

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Session 7 : Money, the State, and ‘Modern Money Theory (MMT)’

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Session 8 : The Embeddedness of Cryptocurrencies

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Session 9 : Cryptocurrency and Monetary Policy

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Jongseung Kim

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Author of <Blockchainomics>, Cryptoenthusiast studying ‘Monetary Economics of the Cryptocurrency’

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