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What Does Money Signify?



Prof. Jan Söffner, Zeppelin Universität


Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 12:00pm


Pigott Hall (Building 260), Room 252





What Does Money Signify?

While most economic theories describe money as a medium of exchange, theorists within cultural studies tend to address it as a system of signification similar to language. This paper posits a third way, maintaining the notion of monetary signification, while describing its functioning as largely incompatible with linguistic forms of meaning production.
I then argue that markets are to money what Foucauldian discourses are to language: socio-cultural practices with implicit rules, regulations, and power-structures that render self-referential semiotic systems meaningful to the world of the living. Market analysis can accordingly become a fruitful tool for cultural analysis, perhaps even as much as discourse analysis has been for the last five decades.
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