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Social representations of money: Contrast between citizens and local complementary currency members


  • Ariane TICHIT

    () (Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches sur le Développement International(CERDI))


This article analyses the social representations of money from survey data. More specifically, it tests how organizers of a complementary currency system have a distinct perception of money compared to other citizens. The main results confirm the existence of significant differences between the two groups. The structure of their representations shows that for the local currency members money is less tied to official institutions, to the symbol of the sovereign State, to labour and to wages than for the representative population segment. This confirms a number of theoretical studies that see these social innovations as forms of protest against the standard system, questioning the sovereign State currency and close to the concept of unconditional income. Local currencies, through the different social representations of money they contain, could well be drivers of societal change.

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  • Ariane TICHIT, 2017. "Social representations of money: Contrast between citizens and local complementary currency members," Working Papers 201714, CERDI.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdi:wpaper:1886

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    1. Jale Minibas-Poussard & Haluk Baran Bingöl & Christine Roland-Levy & Erkin Diyarbakirlioglu & Tutku Seckin-Celik, 2020. "Money, Banks, and Savings: A Comparative Analysis of Turkish Laypeople's Social Representations over Five Periods (1999-2017)," Post-Print hal-02919362, HAL.

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    Abric method; Complementary currencies.;

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    • Z13 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology; Language; Social and Economic Stratification
    • E42 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Monetary Sytsems; Standards; Regimes; Government and the Monetary System

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