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From Itinerant Trade to Moneylending in the Era of Financial Inclusion

Households, Debts and Masculinity among Calon Gypsies of Northeast Brazil

Authors: Fotta, Martin

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    • Explores how itinerant traders maintain their social identities in the era of the global financial integration
    • Traces how Calon gypsies maintain autonomy by means of debt-creating exchanges
    • Analyzes how informal systems of credit exchange are being transformed in the twenty-first century, using Romanies in Latin America as a case
    • Challenges the Eurocentric view that persistence of Gypsy identity among the Calon is an outcome of their rejection by the majorities
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This book analyses how Calon Gypsies in Brazil have responded to global financial transformations and shifted their economic practices from itinerant trade to moneylending. It also explores their role as ethnic credit providers, offering rare insight into the financial lives of poor and lower-middle-class Brazilians.

More broadly, this volume examines how ethnic difference is created in a context where fixed and collective structures supporting ethnic identity are missing. It is important reading for economic anthropologists, cultural economists and all those interested in processes of financialisation from a local perspective, as well as those fascinated by informal economies, how exchange and debt relate to social and political marginality, and how financial credit becomes 'domesticated' by communities.

About the authors

Martin Fotta is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany. His key areas of research are economy and value, ethnic economies, Nomadic strategies, masculinity and gender, money, credit and debt, cash transfers, and constructions of ethnicity.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96409-6
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-96408-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-07187-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Itinerant Trade to Moneylending in the Era of Financial Inclusion
Book Subtitle
Households, Debts and Masculinity among Calon Gypsies of Northeast Brazil
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96409-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96409-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96408-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-07187-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 250
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 5 illustrations in colour
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