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The Resource Imagined futures : fictional expectations and capitalist dynamics, Jens Beckert

Imagined futures : fictional expectations and capitalist dynamics, Jens Beckert

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Imagined futures : fictional expectations and capitalist dynamics
Title
Imagined futures
Title remainder
fictional expectations and capitalist dynamics
Statement of responsibility
Jens Beckert
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Imagined Futures offers a new explanation for the dynamics of modern capitalism and the restlessness of our economy, based on our temporal orientation. Building on a historical account of how competition and the credit system have forced actors to orient their decisions towards a future that is portrayed and perceived as offering both limitless opportunities and immeasurable risks, Beckert shows how the uncertainty inherent in the future pressures actors to form expectations of distinct outcomes and prevents them from calculating optimal decisions. But how do actors make decisions in a world that contains such fundamental uncertainty? Beckert argues that decisions in the economy are based on imaginaries of the future, which he calls fictional expectations, which allow us to act as if we know the future, providing the reassurance needed to embrace endeavors whose outcomes are unknowable. Beckert shows how these fictional expectations are the underlying force that propels the economy, from investments and the operation of the monetary system to innovations and the purchase of new consumer goods, and how economic crises ensue when these fictional expectations collapse. With its focus on the role of expectations in the economy, Imagined Futures addresses the central macro-level question in the history of the social sciences: What are the sources of the epic growth and repeated crises in modern capitalism?"--
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1967-
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Beckert, Jens
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Capitalism
  • Economics
  • Time and economic reactions
  • Economic forecasting
  • Decision making
Label
Imagined futures : fictional expectations and capitalist dynamics, Jens Beckert
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-355) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Decision-making in an uncertain world -- The temporal order of capitalism -- Expectations and uncertainty -- Fictional expectations -- Building blocks of capitalism -- Money and credit: the promise of future value -- Investments: imaginaries of profit -- Innovation: imaginaries of technological futures -- Consumption: value from meaning -- Instruments of imagination -- Forecasting: creating the present -- Economic theory: the crystal ball of calculative devices -- Conclusion: the enchanted world of capitalism
Control code
FIEb17854301
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 373 pages
Isbn
9780674088825
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)926061475
Label
Imagined futures : fictional expectations and capitalist dynamics, Jens Beckert
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-355) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Decision-making in an uncertain world -- The temporal order of capitalism -- Expectations and uncertainty -- Fictional expectations -- Building blocks of capitalism -- Money and credit: the promise of future value -- Investments: imaginaries of profit -- Innovation: imaginaries of technological futures -- Consumption: value from meaning -- Instruments of imagination -- Forecasting: creating the present -- Economic theory: the crystal ball of calculative devices -- Conclusion: the enchanted world of capitalism
Control code
FIEb17854301
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
ix, 373 pages
Isbn
9780674088825
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)926061475

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