Monday, August 28, 2017

MONEY AT THE MARGINS: Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion and Design

IMTFI is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication with Berghahn Books - MONEY AT THE MARGINS - bringing together research by IMTFI fellows & postdoctoral scholars with commentary from leading experts:

Global Perspectives on Technology, Financial Inclusion and Design
Edited by Bill Maurer, Smoki Musaraj, and Ivan Small
304 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN  978-1-78533-653-9 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Forthcoming (February 2018)
eISBN 978-1-78533-654-6 eBook Forthcoming (February 2018)

“This very important collection adds unique ethnographic case studies from a wide variety of geographic contexts to the growing literature on financial inclusion.” · Anke Schwittay, University of Sussex

Mobile money, e-commerce, cash cards, retail credit cards, and more – as new monetary technologies become increasingly available, the global South has cautiously embraced these mediums as a potential solution to the issue of financial inclusion. How, if at all, do new forms of dematerialized money impact people’s everyday financial lives? In what way do technologies interact with financial repertoires and other socio-cultural institutions? How do these technologies of financial inclusion shape the global politics and geographies of difference and inequality? These questions are at the heart of Money at the Margins, a groundbreaking exploration of the uses and socio-cultural impact of new forms of money and financial services.

The book is Volume 6 of the Human Economy Series, edited by Keith Hart and John Sharp.

Bill Maurer is Dean of Social Sciences and Professor of Anthropology and Law, University of California, Irvine.

Smoki Musaraj is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ohio University.

Ivan Small is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Central Connecticut State University.


Introduction: Money and Finance at the Margins by Smoki Musaraj and Ivan Small


The Question of Inclusion by Ananya Roy

Chapter 1. A Living Fence: Mobility and Financial Inclusion on the Haitian-Dominican Border by Erin B. Taylor and Heather Horst

Chapter 2. Capital Mobilization among Somali Refugee Business Community in Nairobi, Kenya by Kenneth Omeje and John Mwangi

Chapter 3. The Use of Mobile Money Technology among Vulnerable Populations in Kenya: Opportunities and Challenges for Poverty Reduction by Ndunge Kiiti and Jane Wanza Mutinda


What do Value and Wealth DO? “Life” goes on, whatever “life” is. by Jane I. Guyer

Chapter 4. Dhikuti Economies: The Moral and Social Ecologies of Rotating Finance in the Kathmandu Valley by Sepideh Bajracharya

Chapter 5. Chiastic Currency Spheres: Postsocialist “Conversions” in Cuba’s Dual Economy by Mrinalini Tankha

Chapter 6. Carola and Saraswathi: Juggling wealth in India and in Mexico by Magadalena Villarreal and Isabelle Guérin


Infrastructures of Digital Money by Jenna Burrell

Chapter 7. ‘Financial Inclusion Means Your Money Isn’t With You’: Conflicts over Social Grants and Financial Services in South Africa by Kevin Donovan

Chapter 8. Social Networks of Mobile Money in Kenya by Sibel Kusimba, Gabriel Kunyu and Elizabeth Gross

Chapter 9. Accounting in the Margin: Financial Ecologies in between Big and Small Data by José Ossandón, Tomás Ariztía, Macarena Barros and Camila Peralta


Design and Practice by Josh Blumenstock

Chapter 10. Understanding Social Relations and Payments among Rural Ethiopians by Woldmariam F. Mesfin

Chapter 11. Delivering Cash Grants to Indigenous Peoples through Cash Cards versus Over-the-Counter Modalities: The Case of the 4Ps Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Palawan, Philippines by Anatoly ‘Jing’ Gusto and Emily Roque

Chapter 12. Effects of Mobile Banking on the Savings Practices of Low Income Users: The Indian Experience by Mani A. Nandhi

Chapter 13. Betting on Chance in Colombia: Using empirical work on game networks to develop practical design guidelines by Ana María Echeverry Villa and Coppelia Herrán Cuartas

Afterword by Bill Maurer

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