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Trading Futures: A Theological Critique of Financialized Capitalism
by Filipe Maia
Duke University Press, 2022
Cloth: 978-1-4780-1614-4 | Paper: 978-1-4780-1878-0 | eISBN: 978-1-4780-2342-5
Library of Congress Classification BR115.C3M235 2022

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
The discourse of financialized capitalism tries to create a future predictable enough to manage risk for the wealthy, to shape the future into a profit-making site that constrains and privatizes the sense of what’s possible. Here, people’s hopes and meaning-making energies are policed through the burden of debt. In Trading Futures Filipe Maia offers a theological reflection on hope and the future, calling for escape routes from the debt economy. Drawing on Marxism, continental philosophy, and Latin American liberation theology, Maia provides a critical portrayal of financialization as a death-dealing mechanism that colonizes the future in its own image. Maia elaborates a Christian eschatology of liberation that offers a subversive mode of imagining future possibilities. He shows how the Christian vocabulary of hope can offer a way to critique the hegemony of financialized capitalism, propelling us in the direction of a just future that financial discourse cannot manage or control.

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