Over the course of the last ten years the issue of debt has become a serious problem that threatens to destroy the global socio-economic system and ruin the everyday lives of millions of people. This collection brings together a range of perspectives of key thinkers on debt to provide a sociological analysis focused upon the social, political, economic, and cultural meanings of indebtedness.
The contributors to the book consider both the lived experience of debt and the more abstract processes of financialisation taking place globally. Showing how debt functions on the level of both macro- and microeconomics, the book also provides a more holistic perspective, with accounts that span sociological, cultural, and economic forms of analysis.
"A sociological study of debt is long overdue, and this volume brilliantly builds on and surpasses earlier work in economic sociology, philosophy and political economy. Each contribution will appeal to readers with academic, political, or personal interests in the macro- and micro-political reframing of indebtedness."
Thomas Kemple, University of British Columbia
Mark Featherstone is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Keele University. His research specialisms include social theory, critical theory, and psychoanalysis and he has published a number of books and journal articles in these fields. He is currently co-editor of the journal Cultural Politics.
Introduction: towards a sociology of debt ~ Mark Featherstone
Debt, complexity and the sociological imagination ~ Lisa Adkins
Debt drive and the imperative of growth ~ Ole Bjerg
Memory, counter-memory and resistance: notes on the ‘Greek Debt Truth Commission’ ~ Joshua Bowsher
‘Deferred lives’: money, debt and the financialised futures of young temporary workers ~ Mark Davis and Laura Cartwright
‘Choose your moments’: discipline and speculation in the indebted everyday ~ Samuel Kirwan, Leila Dawney and Rosie Walker
Digital subprime: tracking the credit trackers ~ Joe Deville
Debt, usury and the ongoing crises of capitalism ~ Nicholas Gane
The art of unpayable debts ~ Max Haiven
Ecologies of indebtedness ~ Mark Featherstone