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The Social Meanings of Money and Property
In Search of a Talisman


April 1999 | 304 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
"In 'The Social Meanings of Money and Property' Kenneth O. Doyle has produced an intriguing study that lays the groundwork for understanding the role played by money and property among individuals, groups and even nationalities. The toughminded/tender minded dichotomy presented in The Social Meanings of Money and Property can also be viewed as the Conservative/Liberal conflict. Conservatives demand self-reliance and Liberals crave nurture. The Social Meanings of Money and Property is first a psychological treatise, second it is a stimulant for complex thought." —W.J. Rayment, Conservativebookstore.com "A most important study… in the grand style of a Joseph Schumpeter…. [It] will reward both the expert and the general reader." —Matthew Lamb, Boston College "Kenneth O. Doyle's book, The Social Meanings of Money and Property, is one of the most wide-ranging and scholarly books I have ever read. . . .The comprehensiveness of the scholarship Doyle amasses will undoubtedly stimulate scholars from a variety of disciplines to test out the implications of the model." –Wilbert J. McKeachie, University of Michigan Why would a man with more money than he could ever spend risk career, family, and freedom for a modest increase in net worth? Why would a woman who never cared at all about investments perjure herself for a better divorce settlement? Why do people of some cultures seem inclined toward economic success? What are the fundamental differences between conservatives and liberals, or capitalists and socialists? Is there any hope of rapprochement between Economic Man and Psychological Man? In this book, Professor Kenneth O. Doyle spells out a theoretical system for understanding these practical, everyday problems, using a conceptual framework for studying the social meanings of money and property. He finds fundamental meaning in the concept of talisman. We use money and property, he proposes, to protect ourselves from fears characteristic of our personalities: the fear of incompetence, the fear of abandonment, the fear of disarray, and the fear of constraint. The Social Meanings of Money and Property will be of interest to scholars and students across a number of disciplines, including, but by no means limited to, psychology, sociology, and economics.

 
PART ONE: PROSPECTUS
 
Exchange versus Communication
 
The Beginnings of Differentiation
 
Overview
 
PART TWO: LEGAL, RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL ANTECEDENTS
 
Patterns in Ancient Law
 
Patterns in the Great Religions
 
Patterns in Classical Philosophy
 
The Judeo-Christian Foundation
 
PART THREE: A BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL MODERATOR AND MODEL
 
A Moderator - Different Meanings for Different People
 
A Model - The Process of Attributing Meanings to Money and Property
 
PART FOUR: ELABORATION
 
Applications and Implications

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