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Title: Money's Unholy Trinity: devil, trickster, fool
Authors: Cameron, Angus
First Published: 7-May-2015
Presented at: 'Myth and the Market’ conference held in Carlingford in June 2014
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: Culture and Organization (2015)
Abstract: This paper argues that traditional associations between money and the devil remain with us - best seen in narratives about the (im)morality of money following the crisis of 2008. However such eruptions of moral concern about money and finance mask the more fundamental problems of a money economy that these associations sought to articulate in the first place. The fundamentally 'demonic' nature of money is not necessarily either about 'evil', but expresses the ontological insecurities both of money itself and of the social changes it brings about. The paper looks both at the long historical association between money and three overlapping 'psychologems' - Trickster, Devil and Fool. It argues that these ‘mythic’ characters performed an important function in allowing the complexity of money to be articulated and embodied.
DOI Link: 10.1080/14759551.2015.1035721
ISSN: 1475-9551
eISSN: 1477-2760
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in Culture and Organization 2015
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