Cryptocurrencies: A Brief Thematic Review

38 Pages Posted: 25 Aug 2017 Last revised: 20 Jan 2022

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Usman W. Chohan

UNSW Business School; Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI); International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA); Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS)

Date Written: January 8, 2022


Cryptocurrencies are an area of heightened pecuniary, numismatic, technological, and investment interest, and yet a comprehensive understanding of their theories and foundations is still left wanting among some practitioners and stakeholders. Given the surge of literature on cryptocurrencies (both academic and practitioner), the aim of this brief thematic review is to bring to light several areas of interest where both generalist and specialist attention is required and warranted. It synthesizes and summarizes this salient literature on cryptocurrencies thematically with a view to advancing a more general understanding of their order and purpose.

Keywords: Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Virtual Money, Disruption, NFT, Web3, tether, regulation

Suggested Citation

Chohan, Usman W., Cryptocurrencies: A Brief Thematic Review (January 8, 2022). Available at SSRN: or

Usman W. Chohan (Contact Author)

UNSW Business School ( email )

UNSW Business School
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052

Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI) ( email )

International Association of Hyperpolyglots (HYPIA) ( email )

Montreal, Quebec

Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) ( email )


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