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Becoming like money: Proximity and the social aesthetics of “moneyness”

Jens M. Zickgraf

Abstract


In this article I take the scene of a group of South Indian villagers perceiving and counting a heap of collective money as a starting point to look at qualitative, subjective, and contextual variations through which money manifests itself as valued properties, circuits, performances, acts, repertoires, and capacities in social and personal life. As I argue, this requires us to scrutinize the shifting proximities between money objects and money subjects. I trace these through the notion of “moneyness,” and more precisely through the relational property of being (or getting) “in,” “at,” and “out” of what money is, becomes, and represents.


Keywords


money, moneyness, value and values, form and abstraction, becoming and being

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.14318/hau7.1.022