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The limits to financialization
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
2015 (English)In: Dialogues in Human Geography, ISSN 2043-8206, E-ISSN 2043-8214, Vol. 5, no 2, 183-200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Over the past decade, the concept of financialization has moved from the periphery to the mainstream of scholarly inquiry across several social–scientific disciplines, human geography among them. The subject of a burgeoning, variegated literature advancing both theoretical delineation and empirical substantiation, processes of financialization, on many accounts, belong alongside those of globalization and neoliberalization as the defining dynamics of late modern capitalism. In the spirit of fostering a constructive dialogue, this article develops a broadly based critique of such accounts, one structured around the core idea of limits. Financialization, it suggests, is substantively limited, both as a concept and as the array of real-world processes to which that concept variously pertains. The article identifies and fleshes out five key sets of such limits and the connections between them: analytic, theoretic, strategic, optic, and empiric limits. If the concept of financialization is to do substantially positive descriptive and explanatory work going forward, the article submits, these limits must be explicitly recognized and their implications explicitly factored in. This, the article concludes, is no small challenge.

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2015. Vol. 5, no 2, 183-200 p.
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capitalism, financialization, limits, money, theory
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Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-265167DOI: 10.1177/2043820615588153ISI: 000371813900009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-265167DiVA: diva2:862701
Available from: 2015-10-23 Created: 2015-10-23 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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