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Title:Special issue: popular economies in South Africa
Editors:James, DeborahISNI
Hull, ElizabethISNI
Year:2012
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute (ISSN 0001-9720)
Volume:82
Issue:1
Pages:186
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:economic conditions
informal sector
economic behaviour
livelihoods
debt
gambling
insurance
popular music
microfinance
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/africa_the_journal_of_the_international_african_institute/toc/afr.82.1.html
Abstract:In South Africa, ideologies and practices of neoliberalism have been starkly juxtaposed with long-founded expectations of State welfare. These have been overlaid, in turn, on an uneven mix of market-oriented and State-regulated practices. The papers in this special issue of 'Africa' seek to understand how such domains intersect, and to identify the logics and decisions that tie financialized transnational systems to specific everyday settings. Although South Africa is a setting where wage-labour capitalism has until recently dominated the economy, and where State regulation and State-organized redistribution has predominated to a far greater degree than elsewhere in Africa, informal arrangements and pockets of non-commodification nonetheless exist, and even expand. In a context of increasing financialization, including attempts by the State and the banking sector to incorporate more and more people within mainstream financial structures, the authors use ethnographic data to explore popular economies and to examine how these shape identities in a rapidly changing setting. Contents: Introduction: popular economies in South Africa (Elizabeth Hull and Deborah James) - Money-go-round: personal economies of wealth, aspiration and indebtedness (Deborah James) - 'Tata ma chance': on contingency and the lottery in post-apartheid South Africa (Ilana van Wyk) - Fields of dreams, fields of schemes: ponzi finance and multilevel marketing in South Africa (Detlev Krige) - Making music, making money: informal musical production and performance in Venda, South Africa (Fraser G. McNeill) - Waged entrepreneurs, policed informality: work, the regulation of space and the economy of the Zimbabwean-South African border (Maxim Bolt) - Money and sociality in South Africa's informal economy (David Neves and Andries du Toit) - The Janus-face of insurance in South Africa: from costs to risk, from networks to bureaucracies (Erik Bähre) - Banking in the bush: waiting for credit in South Africa's rural economy (Elizabeth Hull). [ASC Leiden abstract]
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