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Financialization: Relational Approaches

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Volume 6

Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy

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Relational Approaches

Edited by Chris Hann and Don Kalb
Afterword by Gavin Smith

358 pages, 8 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-751-4 $149.00/£110.00 Hb Published (August 2020)

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“[This volume] shows how financialization and its social consequences can take rather different forms in different places… a solid foundation for a consideration of the basic nature of financialization and its effects.” • James G. Carrier, Indiana University Bloomington

“This is a very strong collection… the attempt to provide an anthropological understanding of contemporary financialization that goes beyond merely describing how variable it is, is highly welcome.” • Keir Martin, University of Oslo


Beginning with an original historical vision of financialization in human history, this volume then continues with a rich set of contemporary ethnographic case studies from Europe, Asia and Africa. Authors explore the ways in which finance inserts itself into relationships of class and kinship, how it adapts to non-Western religious traditions, and how it reconfigures legal and ecological dimensions of social organization, and urban social relations in general. Central themes include the indebtedness of individuals and households, the impact of digital technologies, the struggle for housing, financial education, and political contestation.

Chris Hann is a Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/Saale, and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. His most recent book is Repatriating Polányi. Market Society in the Visegrád States (Central European University Press, 2019).

Don Kalb is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway, where he leads the Frontlines of Value project. Recent publications include Anthropologies of Class: Power, Practice, and Inequality, co-edited with James G. Carrier (Cambridge University Press, 2015) and Worldwide Mobilizations: Class Struggles and Urban Commoning co-edited with Massimiliano Mollona (Berghahn Books, 2018).

Subject: Anthropology (General) Political and Economic Anthropology History (General)


List of Illustrations, Figures and Tables

Chris Hann

Introduction: Transitions to What? On the Social Relations of Financialization in Anthropology and History
Don Kalb

Chapter 1. Financialization, Plutocracy and the Debtor’s Economy: Consequences and Limits
Richard H. Robbins

Chapter 2. Accumulation by Saturation: Infrastructures of Financial Inclusion, Cash Transfers, and Financial Flows in India
Sohini Kar

Chapter 3. Green Infrastructure as Financialized Utopia: Carbon Offset Forests in China
Charlotte Bruckermann

Chapter 4. Altering the Trajectory of Finance: Meaning-Making and Control in Malaysian Islamic Investment Banks
Aaron Z. Pitluck

Chapter 5. Financialization and Reproduction in Baku, Azerbaijan
Tristam Barrett

Chapter 6. Financialization and the Norwegian State: Constraints, Contestations, and Custodial Finance in the World’s Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund
Knut Christian Myhre

Chapter 7. Capital’s Fidelity: Financialization in the German Social Market Economy
Hadas Weiss

Chapter 8. Redistribution and Indebtedness: A Tale of Two Settings
Deborah James
This chapter is made available open access under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license, thanks to the support of the Economic and Social Research Council of the UK (ESRC Grant ES/M003825/1 ‘An ethnography of advice: between market, society and the declining welfare state’), the Leverhulme Trust (ECF-2016-518), and the LSE Anthropology’s RIIF fund.

Chapter 9. Retail Finance and the Moral Dimension of Class: Debt Advice on an English Housing Estate
Ryan Davey

Chapter 10. Making Debt Work: Devising and Debating Debt Collection in Croatia
Marek Mikuš

Chapter 11. Financialized Kinship and Challenges for the Greek Oikos
Dimitra Kofti

Chapter 12. Financialized Landscapes and Transport Infrastructure: The Case of Ciudad Valdeluz
Natalia Buier

Chapter 13. Housing Financialization in Majorcan Holiday Rentals
Marc Morell

Afterword: Financialization Beyond Crisis
Gavin Smith


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