American Journal of Cultural Sociology

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 128–133 | Cite as

Money talks

  • Allister Pilar PlaterEmail author
Review Essay

In Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works, Nina Bandelj, Frederick Wherry, and Viviana Zelizer have assembled a diverse and quite compelling amalgamation of thought out of which emerges an agenda at the intersection of cultural and economic sociology. The book is forward looking; little time is spent critiquing classical notions of money. Instead the text barrels forward, assuming that those reading are already on board, or perhaps inadvertently making the claim that the old debate is over, the sociality of money has won and therefore the cultural relational study of money and monies now demands even further work. It departs from standard accounts of modern money and sedimented assumptions wherein money is deemed neutral, homogenous, and fungible, its legitimacy governmental and its exchange asocial. Instead, it builds an interdisciplinary path that attempts to explain the plethora of ways we use, give, save, and transfer money as well as explore the multiple socio-economic...


  1. Bandelj, Nina, Frederick F. Wherry, and Viviana A. Zelizer, eds. 2017. Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works. Princeton: Princeton University Press.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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