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Special Issue of Finance and Society: The Ethics of Debt

The social dimensions of debt have long engaged a wide range of scholars from across various disciplines and fields. Debt, of course, has a long history. From the biblical injunction to forgive debts in the seventh year to recent calls for student loan forgiveness, the problem of debt offers countless examples of how it has inspired calls for change. At the same time, it remains as timely as ever with global financial crises threatening the survival of entire nations as well as individuals.

In other cultural and historical settings, recognition of indebtedness to others has been a key building block of social life. Recent works such as David Graeber's Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011), Kenneth Dyson's States, Debt, and Power (2014), and Miranda Joseph's Debt to Society (2014) analyze, from various per­­spectives, the social dimensions of debt and finance. Building on their contributions to the study of the enduring topic of debt, this special issue of Finance and Society seeks bold, post-disciplinary scholarship exploring how financial practices emerge from and shape the social and ethical dimensions of debt today.

For more information: http://financeandsociety.org/cfp-ethics-of-debt/

Posted: December 1, 2015
Tagged: Calls for Papers