This special issue addresses a series of post-2008 financial developments by mobilising the concept of the tale, understood as a discursive artefact composed of a meaningful story or script that serves to separate good from evil, make sense of historical situations, stimulate action, and prefigure scenarios. The stories gathered in this special issue represent a variety of case studies from Europe (the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, UK, EU, Serbia), North America (the US), and Asia (India). Their subjects range across post-2008 central banking, digital money and banking, climate finance, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies. This collection is intended to illustrate our approach to the tale as a political story that draws on a series of semiotic and pragmatic elements
Introduction: the tale as a special purpose vehicle, by Daniel Seabra Lopes, Inês Faria and Sandra Faustino, pp. 1-13.
Forward guidance and the semiotic turn of the European Central Bank, by Alexandre Abreu and Daniel Seabra Lopes, pp. 14-29.
The myths and legends of King Satoshi and the knights of blockchain, by Sandra Faustino, Inês Faria and Rafael Marques, pp. 63-80.
When tales of money fail: the importance of price, trust, and sociality for cryptocurrency users, by Inês Faria, pp. 81-92.
Deleuze in the wild: making philosophy matter for fintech, by Sandra Faustino, pp. 93-102.
The common places of alternative finance: assemblages, stoppages, and the political mobilisation of space, by Daniel Seabra Lopes, pp. 103-120.