Concerning distributive labour: Exploring the pragmatics of globalised interdependence

Eyre, Ben ORCID: (2023) Concerning distributive labour: Exploring the pragmatics of globalised interdependence. Critique of Anthropology, 43 (2). pp. 205-221. ISSN 0308-275X

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The promotion of smallholder dairy farming in Rungwe District, Tanzania has been enormously successful, with the vast majority of households now in possession of productive dairy cows. This article compares supposedly traditional loans with self-help groups directly established by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that both reveal ‘big’ recipients rather than distributors of resources, and that those carrying out development activities often benefit most from them. Rather than advocating a moral judgement, the article suggests the value of thinking with and against the concept of distributive labour to explain the pragmatics of interdependent relations that are key to doing development. Detachment between beneficiary and donor is essential, and mediates salutary claims that distributive labour is a means to advocate for shared values about the distribution of wealth across the globe.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (Award Reference ES/J500094/1) and received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No. 772544 IMPACT HAU).
Uncontrolled Keywords: tanzania,dairy farming,development,distributive labour,embodied value,heifer-in-trust,wealth-in-people,anthropology,arts and humanities (miscellaneous) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3314
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of International Development
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2023 08:31
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 08:30
DOI: 10.1177/0308275X231175973

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