Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Regulation as Retrospective Ethnography: Mobile Money and the Arts of Cash

Does the growing interest and investment in mobile money signal an end to the use of cash and coin? In a recent article, IMTFI Director Bill Maurer writes that predictions of cash's demise are a bit premature. By looking at how financial regulations deal with the way that people make payments and store money in their everyday lives, Maurer argues that we gain access to a “retrospective ethnography of potential” and see how people have come to integrate mobile money into their monetary practices alongside of cash.

To read the full article, click here.


  1. The cash and coin are all vanishing a bit by bit in front of mobile money like the pagers and land line phones did when mobiles were introduced. Technology keeps getting better and better.

  2. Mobile money has great benefits but according to me the use of cash and coin is best. There is a common saying i.e. Old is Gold.
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  3. I don't think there can be an end in the use of cash and coins. They are integrating mobile money into their monetary practices along with cash.
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