Money Matters

Wirtschaftspraktiken als kulturelle Identitätsstiftung

  • Silke Meyer Institut für Geschichtswissenschaften und Europäische Ethnologie, Universität Innsbruck
Schlagworte: Money Theory, Identity, Technologies of the Self, Consumption and Social Exclusion


This article examines dealing with money as a social and cultural form of dealing with the self and with others. Based on empirical case studies from the discipline of European Ethnology, money and consumption are contextualized as a means of self-positioning between frugality and generosity, biographical self-emancipation, and social inclusion and exclusion. The examples have one aim: by deconstructing economic practices, the economy as such can be ‚anthropologized‘ (Paul Rabinow), i.e. stripped off its allegedly self-evident universal claim and revealed in all its culturally and historically specific functions.

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