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Debt to Society: Accounting for Life under Capitalism

Miranda Joseph


It is commonplace to say that criminals pay their debt to society by spending time in prison, but what is a “debt to society?” How is crime understood as a debt? How has time become the equivalent for crime? And how does criminal debt relate to the kind of debt held by consumers and university students? This book explores modes of accounting as they are used to create, sustain, or transform social relations. Envisioning accounting broadly to include financial accounting, managerial accounting of costs and performance, and the calculation of “debts to society” owed by criminals, the book argues ... More

Keywords: debt, crime, criminal debt, social relations, accounting, neoliberalism, personal finance, university management, accountability, debts to society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816687411
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816687411.001.0001


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Miranda Joseph, author

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