Gustav Peebles | Assistant Professor of Anthropology | The New School for Public Engagement
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    Gustav Peebles

    Chair of Social Studies

    Assistant Professor of Anthropology

    PhD, University of Chicago

    Concentrations: Exchange theory; monetary history, theory, and policy; ethnography of the state and the emergent state; history, theory and practice of socialism; Economic theory; economic traditionalism; utopian visions; production of space; black markets; debt; social theory; European Union/Scandinavia.

    Recent Publications

    2012 "Filth and Lucre: The Dirty Money Complex as a Taxation Regime". Anthropological Quarterly, Vol. 85, No. 4, p. 1229–1256, ISSN 0003-5491. © 2012 by the Institute for Ethnographic Research (IFER) a part of the George Washington University.
    2012 "Whitewashing and leg-bailing: on the spatiality of debt". Social Anthropology/Anthropologie Sociale 20, 4 429–443. European Association of Social Anthropologists.
    2011 "For a Love of False Consciousness: Adam Smith on the Social Origins of Scarcity." Economic Sociology: The European Economic Newsletter, 12 (3): 19-25
    In Press The Euro and Its Rivals: Currency and the Construction of a Transnational City. University of Indiana Press. Series in New Anthropologies of Europe, editors Daphne Berdahl, Matti Bunzl & Michael Herzfeld. (also available here)
    2010 "The Anthropology of Credit and Debt." Annual Review of Anthropology.
    2008 “Inverting the Panopticon: Money and the Nationalization of the Future.” Public Culture (volume 20, number 2).
    2008 “Pierre Bourdieu.” Entry for the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. W. Darity and David Scott, eds. MacMillan Publishing.
    2008 “A Geography of Debauchery: State-Building and the Mobilization of Labor Versus Leisure on a European Union Border.” European Journal of Anthropology (51).
    2005 The Field Notes of Christoph von Furer Haimendorf. DART/Columbia Libraries.
    2004 "The Crown Capitulates: Conflations of National Currency and Global Capital in the Swedish Currency Crisis."  Market Matters: Exploring Cultural Processes in the Global Marketplace. Garsten, Christina & Monica Lindh de Montoya, eds. Palgrave), 180-206
    2004 "A Wicked Cheat: ATMs and the Neo-Feudal Economy." Harper's Magazine 72-73. Reprinted in (Catherine Latterell, ed.) Re-Mix: Reading and Composing Culture. (Bedford/St. Martin’s Publishing Group), 617-622, 2006.
    2003 “Jesus Hates New York.” The Believer 1(8): 40-48. Reprinted in (Glenn Yeffeth, ed) The Man from Krypton. (Dallas, TX: BenBella Books), 77-93, 2006.
    1997 "A Very Eden of the Innate Rights of Man?: A Marxist Look at the European Union Treaties and Case Law."  Law and Social Inquiry 22(3): 581-618

    Research Interests

    History and transnational reform movements of credit and debt legislation in Europe; techniques of savings vs. hoarding; relationship between money and the body in legislation and daily practice; ongoing project to digitize archival fieldnotes from seminal ethnographers.