Published Online: 14 JAN 2013
Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism
How to Cite
Christophers, B. (2013) Introduction, in Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118295496.ch0
- Published Online: 14 JAN 2013
- Published Print: 25 MAR 2013
Print ISBN: 9781444338294
Online ISBN: 9781118295496
This chapter is an introduction to the book Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism, which investigates the place of finance in general, and banks in particular, vis-à-vis two of Western capitalism's emblematic boundary-forms. It offers a broad historical sweep from the era of merchant capitalism, through that of industrial capitalism, all the way up to and including today's ostensibly “financialized” capitalism. The chapter explains the impetus to the research and thinking which underpins the book, amongst other reasons because this impetus foregrounds why the author's arguments matter, here and now. It then outlines the theoretical moorings anchoring those arguments. Finally, the chapter provides a fuller rendering of the book's main line of argument, partly by way of explaining and signaling the structure of what follows, and partly to enable the reader to orient herself at any particular point in the narrative.