Banking Across Boundaries: Placing Finance in Capitalism

This compelling contribution to contemporary debates about the banking industry offers a unique perspective on its geographical and conceptual placement . It traces the evolving links between the two, revealing how our notions of banking productiveness have evolved alongside the shifting loci of banking activity. * An original contribution to the urgent debates taking place on banking sparked by the current economic crisis * Offers a unique perspective on the geographical and social concept of placement of the banking industry * Combines theoretical approaches from political economy with contemporary literature on the performativity of economics * Details the globalization of Western banking, and analyzes how representations of the banking sector s productiveness have shifted throughout the evolution of Western economic theory * Analyzes the social conceptualization of the nature and value of the banking industry * Illuminates not only how economic ideas perform and shape the economic world, but how those ideas are themselves always products of particular economic realities