“Money bound you—money shall loose you”: Micro-Credit, Social Capital, and the Meaning of Money in Upper Canada

  title={“Money bound you—money shall loose you”: Micro-Credit, Social Capital, and the Meaning of Money in Upper Canada},
  author={Albert Schrauwers},
  journal={Comparative Studies in Society and History},
  pages={314 - 343}
  • A. Schrauwers
  • Published 29 March 2011
  • History
  • Comparative Studies in Society and History
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