A Research Agenda for Economic Anthropology
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A Research Agenda for Economic Anthropology

Edited by James G. Carrier

The financial crisis and its economic and political aftermath have changed the ways that many anthropologists approach economic activities, institutions and systems. This insightful volume presents important elements of this change. With topics ranging from the relationship of states and markets to the ways that anthropologists’ political preferences and assumptions harm their work, the book presents cogent statements by younger and established scholars of how existing research areas can be extended and the new avenues that ought to be pursued.
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Chapter 4: Debt, financialisation and politics

Fabio Mattioli

Abstract

Since the Second World War debt and credit have become increasingly financialised. This chapter suggests that, to fully understand this economic and social context, anthropologists ought to reorient their theories away from the ‘everyday’ and ‘moral’ dimensions of debt and credit relations. Financialised debt and credit create intersections and disjunctures between different social layers and different economic forms. This complexity is best understood by reconstructing the political and economic causes and implications of financialised debt and credit, a task that requires a renewed pedagogical insistence in interdisciplinary and team work.

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