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Racial Hegemonies of Money and Payment in the US ♥

Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

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GPACS Colloquium Series

Bill Maurer

Dean, School of Social Sciences
Professor, Anthropology and Law
University of California, Irvine

“Racial Hegemonies of Money and Payment in the US”

ABSTRACT: This informal talk reviews three moments in the history of the US when race and money were explicitly intertwined in political rhetoric, with implications for the infrastructures that facilitate payment. Payment is central to market economies, yet its technical and legal details go largely unnoticed — except in periods of crisis and change. In the US, changes in payment systems have been accompanied by political projects of racial exclusion or the hardening of racial hierarchy. I’ll review the post-Civil War debate over greenbacks together with colonial expansion and racialized payment; the Federal Reserve’s project to end non-par clearance of checks; and contemporary interest in cryptocurrencies to illustrate this point.

November 4, 2021

12:30 – 1:45pm

Via Zoom


Lina C. Lopez Administrator, Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies and Center for Population, Inequality and Policy, UCI, School of Social Sciences Irvine, CA 92697