Underlying Transfers

Pickles, Anthony (2020) Underlying Transfers. In: The Handbook of Economic Anthropology. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd, Cheltenham. (In Press)

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Abstract

This entry considers a conceptual manoeuvre, that of viewing transactions from the standpoint of the transmissions within them, that is their underlying transfers. Living involves a continual conveyance, creating a web of transfers that are parcelled into transactions. Anthropologists normally begin with the systems of transaction that everyone is born into; they compare ideal transactions to each other, to apparently non-economic activity and to practical experience. Anthropologists have long used the term “transfers” to cover a range of one-way transactions like theft. A related but not explicitly connected literature has since emerged on the policy phenomenon of cash transfer programmes and how they reconfigure relationships between obligation and wealth. This new literature helps show the alternative potential of the term transfers for highlighting and working with the lack of clarity that exists around many transactions in the real world, especially at times of innovation or between parties without aligned interests.

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Additional Information: Anthony Pickles gained his PhD from the University of St Andrews and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Cambridge before joining the University of East Anglia as Lecturer is Social Anthropology and International Development. He does ethnographic and historical research on aspects of life in and around Papua New Guinea and is the author of Money Games: Gambling in a Papua New Guinea Town.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cash transfers,economic theory,exchange,transactions,transfer policy,one-way transfers
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 23:31
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2020 00:08
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75934
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