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On Money and Quarantine

A Self-Ethnography from Italy

Francesca Messineo

During the lockdown, I started perceiving cash as a potentially infected entity, carrying the virus on its surface. This article explores the trajectories and implications of this modified perspective on money by merging different levels of analysis. The attempt to grasp both the social and material significance of this ‘object’ will resound in personal anecdotes from my house. The self-ethnographic approach accounts also for the intimate feelings and the new gaze on money produced within me; the enthusiasm for imagining an economy driven by different rules; nostalgia for the activities I used to pay for; anxieties caused by this unprecedented health crisis; and my curiosity to observe how relationships with people and things have changed. The need to share experiences as a political statement and the desire to put fears and hopes into words guide my work.

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Impatient Accumulation, Immediate Consumption

Problems with Money and Hope in Central Kenya

Peter Lockwood

bag). 2 It was there that Iregi usually waited alongside his peers for an opportunity to make a small amount of money, either by ‘asking’ ( kũhoya ) others to give him a few coins, perhaps a 50 KES note, or by taking a job offered by local market

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God's Delivery State

Taxes, Tithes, and a Rightful Return in Urban Ghana

Anna-Riikka Kauppinen

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's; And to God the things that are God's. — Matthew 22:21 “Boys come home! Now! Stop wasting my money!” Elikem 1 shouted at the television screen. We were at the office of Mepex, a Ghanaian media company

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Householding and social reproduction

Comment on Newberry and Rosen

Deborah James

reason why such servicing is being undertaken by them is because children in school require financial support over the longer term, and this long-term investment is often paid for with borrowed money that will take years to repay as debts heap upon other

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Alena Minchenia

the police and court actions, singled the professional protesters out from others. It should be noted that financial issues were one of the most controversial themes in the field. On the one hand, references to “Western money” were often used by the

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Getting by or getting ahead

State social spending and financialization in Peru

Susan Vincent

to get degrees and establish professional careers. Those unwilling or unable to have a family member work in the mining sector could sharecrop migrant land and earn some money working for families with cash income. Community fiestas provided

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The Worth of the ‘While’

Time and Taxes in a Finnish Timebank

Matti Eräsaari

income is easily lost when we operate within a money-based administrative order, something that can be taken for granted in most taxation regimes nowadays. This is why anthropological studies of taxation—while engaging closely related phenomena such as

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Crisis and retirement

Alienation in Kerala's tea belt

Jayaseelan Raj

eligible for the monthly pension, which varies from 700 to 1,000 rupees depending on years of service. The pension scheme was implemented only in 1972. Most Valley estate retirees do not have pension, since they did not have the money to pay the initial

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Fashioning Masculinities through Migration

Narratives of Romanian Construction Workers in London

Alexandra Urdea

of time. Instead, temporariness is a way of being in place, an indefinite state ( Fedyuk 2012 ) whereby money and resources tend to flow “back home”—the place where migrants see themselves as living their “real” lives, as opposed to their “work” lives

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Financialization from the margins

Notes on the incorporation of Argentina's subproletariat into consumer credit (2009–2015)

Hadrien Saiag

unsold production), and dependent on charity and patronage bonds. At that time, people preserved an access to money to face an unexpected need by reifying their savings (a way of separating what could be spent and what should not). Although people