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Inflation as Talk, Economy as Feel

Notes Towards an Anthropology of Inflation

Myriam Amri

Tunisia, inflation has become a battleground between experts of the economy—inside and outside institutions like the Central Bank—and the ‘Tunisian citizen’ or at times known as the ‘Tunisian public’, the national victim of rising prices and a devalued

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Pioneers of the plantation economy

Militarism, dispossession and the limits of growth in the Wa State of Myanmar

Hans Steinmüller

The characteristic mobility of highland populations in Southeast Asia relied to a large extent on their particular adaption to an ecological environment: swidden cultivation of tubers on mountain slopes. This ecology corresponded to cosmologies in which potency was limitless, or at least had no fixed and delimited precinct (as did the rice paddies and Buddhist realms in the valleys). Military state building, modern transport, and new crops and agricultural technologies have effectively ended swidden cultivation. In this article, I follow the pioneers of the plantation economy in the Wa State of Myanmar, who dispossess local populations of their land and employ them as plantation labour. The limits of growth and potency they encounter are (a) in the natural environment and (b) in the resistance of local populations. Yet, even though there are such limits, the potency to which these pioneers aspire is still limitless. It is however channelled through a new economy of life, epitomised in the plantation, nourished in excessive feasting, and maintained by the kinship dynamics of capture and care.

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Liturgical Time in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

Meditated, Measured and Manipulated

Alireza Mahdipour, Hossein Pirnajmuddin, and Pyeaam Abbasi

medieval temporality. It was a dominant discourse that integrated the estates of the tripartite feudal society with its nobility, clergy and common people. Even monarchs were subject to Church time and sacraments. In the medieval Christian economy of time

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Local Trade and Exchange/Employment Systems (LETS) in Future Eco-sustainable Societies

Richard Westra

Introduction Mainstream Green thinking on eco-sustainable social change subdivides into two broad genres. 1 One holds that eco-sustainability can be wrung out of the current economy by making prices sensitive to ecological costs (Speth 2009

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The “Transnational Business of Death” Among Somali Migrants in the Streets of Athens

Anja Simonsen

the journey end right there for Riyaan's sister Yusra, and for thousands upon thousands more. The topic of this article is how Riyaan engaged in an informal economy in order to retrieve her sister's body, as she was a part of the large number of

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Multiscalar moral economy

Global agribusiness, rural Zambian residents, and the distributed crowd

Tijo Salverda

Beginning with Edward P. Thompson's (1971 , 1991) and James C. Scott's (1976 , 2000) seminal contributions, the moral economy concept has traveled in various directions. For Thompson and Scott, as well as in recent contributions (e

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Inside container economies

Hege Høyer Leivestad and Johanna Markkula

not afford to come to a halt. The shipping giant's bankruptcy, finally declared in 2017, was in many ways an announced death. Since the 2008 economic recession, a weakened economy hit a shipping sector that, based on previously high freight costs and

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Forgotten moralities of agrarian economy in Bali

Production and exchange, business and friendship

Graeme MacRae

The moral dimension of agrarian economies Agrarian economies are based on the provisioning of human communities, by way of managed technological interventions into ecological processes and systems of exchange, distribution, and consumption of

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The ‘postulate of abundance’. Cholo market and religion in La Paz, Bolivia

Nico Tassi

In Bolivia's capital city, La Paz, urbanised indigenous highlanders () have produced one of the most successful experiments of indigenous entrepreneurship in the region. Rejecting locally dominant bourgeois values, for example modesty and thriftiness,  run a thriving transnational economy of conspicuous consumption placing moral emphasis on spending in excess, and rapidly materialising profit into abundant display – whether through dress, through exhibition of goods or through religious parades. Despite their economic affluence,  remain a rather discriminated group from the rest of the  urban population for their supposed failure to submit to laws of economic rationality. This article is an attempt to redress the misunderstanding between  and elites and to understand the functioning of ’ postulate of abundance both in religious and economic practices. I argue that ‘abundance’ is a salient economic and cosmological value associated with the reproduction of goods and cosmological relations. I suggest that ’ postulate of abundance may provide an insight into a form of market economy in which excess, rather than scarcity, operates as the motivating force for exchange.

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Part 4: Universities in the Knowledge Economy

Pavel Zgaga, Corina Balaban, Miguel Antonio Lim, Janja Komljenovic, Amélia Veiga, António M. Magalhães, and Jakob Williams Ørberg

. The preparatory work ended with the project proposal under the title ‘Universities in the Knowledge Economy’, with the acronym UNIKE. The proposal was very positively evaluated (our score was 96.4 per cent); in May 2012, it was accepted and funded by