Bill Maurer is Dean of the School of Social Sciences; Professor of Anthropology, Law and Criminology, Law and Society; and the Director of the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of
What Is Money?
What is money? This chapter provides an overview of classic and contemporary theories, and shifts the focus to where is money, and when is money? In introducing how the mobile phone became a key site for innovation in money, it suggests we learn from research into the diverse uses of the mobile phone to inquire into the diverse uses of money, besides its role in exchange: the rich monetary ecologies and repertoires that people engage in every day.