From Wall Street to the City in London, and Tokyo, recent scholarship in the anthropology of finance has provided important insight into practices among financial elites of the global North. Yet, as global finance has expanded since the 1970s, it has enfolded new markets and market participants. As rising economic powers, emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (the so-called BRICS countries) have reoriented global financial markets, offering new sites of speculation and investment. Additionally, the poor across contexts have increasingly become both the source and consumers of new financial products. While “bottom of the pyramid” finance brings micro-financial products such as credit and insurance products to poor consumers, “impact investing” has seen growing private investment in sectors such as healthcare, housing, and education. Thus, global finance has increasingly come to shape the everyday lives of people across the globe, often in unexpected and understudied ways.
How do we understand the ideologies and practices of contemporary capitalism when we look beyond the usual spaces and players of finance? This panel brings together scholarship on the financialized lives of people at the peripheries of finance. By “provincializing” finance, we aim to understand finance capital not as something that simply radiates from the global North, but how it is constituted in the spaces and lives at the margins—both in mundane forms and experiences of crisis—that have become increasingly central to the growth of finance. Ethnographic investigations offer insight not only into this expansion of finance capital, but also its ironies, disjunctures, and fissures.
We welcome papers that address all aspects of “provincializing finance” across regions. Topics can include, but are not limited to:
· the production and circulation of financial discourses and practices
· moral economies associated with financial activity
· bottom of the pyramid finance
· speculative activities and logics
· financial literacy and training
· engagement with new financial technologies
Please send abstracts (250 words max) to Llerena Searle and Sohini Kar by APRIL 1.
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