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Accounting for Capitalism: The World the Clerk Made

Michael Zakim


A new class of “merchant clerks” appeared on the historical stage in the middle of the nineteenth century, collectively charged with administering the most important production project in America’s emerging capitalist economy, production of the market. In so doing, they manned a labor-intensive regime of writing operations and accounting procedures that transposed a general miscellany of goods into standard sets of commensurable values, re-inventing trade as a far more universal and abstract grid of relations than anything previously known in the marketplaces and seasonal fairs of older system ... More

Keywords: capitalism, paperwork, knowledge, market economy, office work, accounting, statistics, individualism, masculinity, nervous disorders

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226977973
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226545899.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Zakim, author
Tel Aviv University

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