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Storytelling in the World of Cryptocurrencies

By Yathukulan yogarajah yyoga001@gold.ac.uk Economic and Financial AnthropologistPhD ResearcherGoldsmiths, University of LondonNew CrossLondon SE14 6NWUK Buyers of cryptocurrencies – whether students in London, church goers in Uganda who have been told of them by their priest, or university students in India who have pooled their assets in order to purchase some – face incredible levels …

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“Debt Economies as Urban Survival Strategies in The Collapsed Economies: Examples from Post-Soviet Economies and Turkey Compared”

by Rano Turaeva, Ludwig Maximillian University Nurdan Atalay Bandirma Onyedi Eylul University, Turkey Debt relations and economic exchange based on debts are not only the matter of economic exchange and value but rather social embedded into the social web of the relevant location, shared norms, identities, networks and relations of trust and power relations. Debt …

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Spheres of exchange 2.0: Conversions and conveyances in Bitcoin economy

By Martin Tremčinský martin.tremcinsky@fsv.cuni.cz PhD Researcher Charles University, Prague   The relatively recent advancement in digital technologies has brought into economic practices all over the world a proliferation of methods of payment, from plastic cards and mobile money to digital walletsnd cryptocurrencies. Businesses together with consumers have started to have a vast number of methods …

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Anthropologies of Risk: Credit Scoring in Coercive Political Economies. Ethnographic notes from North India

by Lucia Michelutti and Tommaso Sbriccoli l.michelutti@ucl.ac.uk & tommasosbriccoli@gmail.com Lucia Michelutti Professor of Anthropology Head of the Social Anthropology Section Department of Anthropology University College London     Puchri ka pau dhan Adha dhan to ghena Pura dhan to iman hai marag marag rehna   One with a tail [whose honor is low, like that of …

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‘My drunk husband doesn’t know’: Informal income, phone-banking and female migrant workers in Kolkata, India

by Atreyee Sen Atreyee.Sen@anthro.ku.dk Associate Professor Department of Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen Photo by: Atreyee Sen With more than half a billion internet and digital subscribers, India is one of the fastest-growing markets for digital consumers, second only to China. Through Aadhaar, the world’s largest bio-metric identification system, the central government has driven individual citizens to …

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Building bridges to nowhere? Financial inclusion is key to a future for refugees in the digitized economy

By Andreas Hackl Andreas.Hackl@ed.ac.uk University of Edinburgh Photo: “A Syrian student at a digital skills training in Lebanon shows an app he uses for online learning and job searching.” By Andreas Hackl   Amid worldwide lockdown measures during the Covid-19 pandemic, remote work from home has become the new normal alongside a spread of mass …

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Debt and Reputational Collateral on the Fringes of Brazil’s Credit Economy

By Marie Kolling mako@diis.dk Postdoc Danish institute for International Studies Photo: “Credit has become a normalized feature in household economies also among Brazil’s low-income population. Many banks have formed partnerships with retailers to gain access to low income clients, making retailers the major issuers of credit cards, which are much easier to access for the …

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Financial Inclusion for the Roma: Perspectives on access to digital finance

By Camilla ida ravnbøl camilla.ida.ravnbol@anthro.ku.dk Postdoc University of Copenhagen Department of Anthropology Photo by: Camilla Ida Ravnbøl “If I have a credit card? Ha! Have you ever seen an ATM inside a Roma community? No, we are just thankful that at least we have a sewage system…” Dumitru, Romanian Roma man, 2019 Swiping credit cards …

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