Ivan Ascher is a social theorist whose current project is concerned with the continuing relevance of Marx’s and Weber’s work to the critique of contemporary capitalism. As part of this project, Portfolio Society draws on a (re)reading of Marx to critically analyze the constitutive role of finance in the social world. In this respect, the book is situated within a growing literature that has emerged in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash, which has tasked itself with exploring the ways in which finance shapes both society and the individual (see Feher 2009; Lazzarato 2012, 2015).

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Nevertheless, Ascher’s approach differs from those of other contributions to this literature. Rather than drawing on Marx’s own writings on finance as but one theoretical resource (Lazzarato 2012, 2015), Portfolio Society is an appropriative rewriting of Marx’s Capital. It uses a...

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