Chapter 6: Provisioning and the household
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This chapter is about the different forms that provisioning for goods and services can take. Provisioning is a complex process where production, distribution, appropriation and consumption relations all have to be taken into account and where history defines particular available paths for obtaining goods and services. Provisioning is also a useful way to understand social differentiation, the construction of particular meanings and identities and the reproduction of the social and economic system as a whole. The provisioning perspective in its present form stems from the perceived need to link the consumption and the production ends of economic life in order to address vital issues such as food security, housing, health care, education and, more generally, public or collective consumption. By focussing on different stages of the provisioning process as it unfolds in different locations and historical moments we can better explore the political-economic aspects of everyday resource allocation.

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