Who’s Cashing In?
Contemporary Perspectives on New Monies and Global Cashlessness

Who’s Cashing In?

Edited by Atreyee Sen, Johan Lindquist, and Marie Kolling
Foreword by Keith Hart

Cashless infrastructures are rapidly increasing, as credit cards, cryptocurrencies, online and mobile money, remittances, demonetization, and digitalization process replace coins and currencies around the world. Who’s Cashing In? explores how different modes of cashlessness impact, transform and challenge the everyday lives and livelihoods of local communities. Drawing from a wide range of ethnographic studies, this volume offers a concise look at how social actors and intermediaries respond to this change in the materiality of money throughout multiple regional contexts.


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Keith Hart

Atreyee Sen and Johan Lindquist

Section 1: Cashlessness and New Debt Relations

Chapter 1. Exclusively Simple: The Impact of Cashless Initiatives on Homeless Roma in Denmark
Camilla Ravnbol

Chapter 2. Debt and Dirty Names: Tracing Cashlessness and Urban Marginality in Brazil
Marie Kolling

Chapter 3. ‘Debt is What Happens, While…’ The Emerging Field of Digital Finance and Precaritization in Everyday Lives of Young Danes
Pernille Hohnen

Chapter 4. Plastic Promises: Credit and Debt in Emerging Cashless Economies
Filippo Osella

Section 2: Cashlessness and New Infrastructures

Chapter 5. Ecologies of Immateriality: Remittances and the Cashless Allure
Ivan Small

Chapter 6. ‘Cards Are for Showing off’: Aesthetics of Cashlessness and Intermediation among the Urban Poor in Delhi
Emilija Zabiliūtė

Chapter 7. BoB and the Blockchain Anticipatory infrastructures of the cashless society
Michael Ulfstjerne

Chapter 8. As Above, So Below: On the Democratization of Demonetization
Gustav Peebles

Section 3: Cashless Frictions and New Monetary Transitions

Chapter 9. Borrowing from the Poor: Informal Labour, Shifting Debt Relations and the Demonetization Crisis in Urban India
Atreyee Sen

Chapter 10. 500 Euro Notes: On Mafias, Precarity, and Analytical Priorities
Theodoros Rakopoulos

Chapter 11. At One with the Goods: The Politics of Liquidity on Ulaanbaatar’s Market Scene
Morten Axel Pedersen

Chapter 12. Money in the Mattress and Bodies in the Market: Reflections on the Material
Inger Sjorslev