Money: Ethnographic Encounters (Encounters Experience and by Stefan Senders, Allison Truitt

By Stefan Senders, Allison Truitt

Via brilliant fieldwork bills anthropologists discover the methods funds has prompted their perceptions and understandings of tradition. those money owed increase severe questions. How do anthropologists come to understand one other tradition via usual but unforeseen stories with cash? How is anthropological wisdom produced via those interactions? This ebook bargains scholars, academics, and researchers the chance to contemplate the paintings of anthropology via lively narrative. it's also a advisor to extra studying for college students. With tales of fieldwork in such diverse websites as Vietnam, Ghana, China, and Malawi, funds is perfect for all scholars of anthropology.

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A. S. dollars. While I had my doubts about the necessity of this ruse, I abided by my friends’ wishes. Whenever I needed to change money in the village, I either asked someone to change money for me, or I approached one of several successful female traders with whom I shared mutual personal trust. S. 5 Despite my relative wealth in dollars and my frequent trips to the regional center or other areas of Ukraine, I was not identified as a source of hard currency. My efforts to comprehend my own role, or lack of a role, in this system of currency exchange led me to a much larger ethnographic project.

The shifting exchange rates were a barometer of contemporary economic conditions and future prospects of the newly independent Ukrainian state. An Urban Market, Uzhhorod, 1995 When I returned to the field in the summer of 1995 to begin a new project in the southwestern border region of Zakarpattia,1 the “interim” kupon was still serving as the official Ukrainian currency, but the once-flimsy bills had evolved into something more substantial and complex. They were larger and had the sophisticated look and feel a “real” currency.

She 18 Julie Y. Chu demanded. “I tell you, go and see if you can find better here! Go then! Go look! ” The vendor was beside herself with our perceived insults and injuries to all her efforts and her goods. But she had yet to call it quits. Even after a solid ten-minute walk she still stuck to us like an embarrassing “kick me” note on the back. After a while, I started to wonder if I would ever shake this vendor without agreeing to buy her goods. Would she follow me out of this market and all the way home just to yell at me about this T-shirt while I proceeded to cook and eat dinner?

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