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#379 Everyday representations and narratives of the Swiss franc loan crisis in the Hungarian tabloid press

As a form of vernacular economic storytelling, tabloids and other “lowbrow” news sources construct framings, representations and narratives on economic issues for people with lower educational background. Since the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08, Hungary as a peripherally financialized country,...
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#371 Debt pathways: centering economics, agency, and contingency in the anthropology of household debt

Since the Global Financial Crisis, anthropologists have taken an increased interest in the phenomenon of debt. Influential contributions theorized debt as a foundational, transhistorical form of social relationship characterized by systematic exploitation, inequality and violence. When applied to contemporary household...
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#366 Commodification of Household Debt: Distraints in Czechia

Distraints are a tool for obtaining payment of a debt to creditor, which the debtors did not pay voluntarily, although they had and such an obligation was imposed on them (most often) by a court. The distraints system is based...
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#319 Popular right, ideological heterogeneity, and the management of capitalist crisis: the politicization of the forex mortgage crisis in Hungary

Anthropological and political sociological research on illiberal transformation in Eastern Europe has emphasized a turn towards nationalist critiques of neoliberal postsocialist development in the rows of lower middle class and workers as an important factor of support for Orbán’s politics....
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#247 Gendered infrapolitics of a household debt: ethnographic insights from an industrial town in Serbia

The article explores debt relations and negotiation of responsibilities within a family based on the example of one family story in an industrial town in Serbia. The article zooms into the life of a woman who bears paradigmatic transgenerational consequences...
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#186 The rise of anti-financialisation discourse in far-right parties

Far-right parties gain in electoral support across the globe with many scholars arguing that this is due to a cultural backlash against multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism. Yet others assume that it is a reaction against processes of globalisation, inequality, and immigration....
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#182 Why not openly contesting household debt? A historical inquiry on consumer credit among the Argentinian working-class

During the last decade, the Argentinian working class has increasingly been exposed to new forms of consumer credit. A series of ethnographies carried out in one of the main city’s industrial hub (Rosario) underlines that this gave rise to a...
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#173 ‘I just felt responsible for my debts’: austerity, debt morality and class exploitation

The 2008 financial crisis was, at its epicentre, a crisis triggered by individual credit defaults. In the immediate aftermath, the ‘causes’ of these systematic defaults were fiercely contested. Marxist scholars pointed to neoliberal economic policies as the underlying factors. However,...
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#150 Uncovering the true “ability to pay” of debtors – infra-politics, myths and violence in the Danish enforcement arrangement

While the intimate connection between violence and financial debts have long been stressed, surprisingly anthropologists and adjacent fields have tended to neglect the actual practices and experiences of debt collection, where this conflation is unmistakably visible (Mikuš, 2020). In this...
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#141 Capitalism on the couch: The creation and consequences of the Indebted Subject Position in the 'Greek Debt Crisis' of 2010

The following paper is to be considered an anthropological investigation of subjectivity and subject positions after the Greek Debt Crisis after 2010 until today.Signs of the subjective condition that Maurizio Lazzarato calls the Indebted Man can be traced within the...
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#114 Expropriability as a class relation: everyday infrapolitics of debt in the UK

Household debt in Britain now exceeds its peak during the global financial crisis. However, public commentary still portrays those who turn away from their creditors as simply shirking their responsibilities. Stashing away unopened envelopes, leaving ringing telephones unanswered, or even...
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#96 Mitigating contestation through debt counselling

Like most of the financialized world the Netherlands has been affected by the growing impact of consumer debt in the everyday lives of an increasingly more diverse group of citizens. This emerged during the 2007-2008 crisis and subsequent neoliberal national...
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#90 The welfare-credit trade-off in comparative perspective: Revisiting the debtfare hypothesis

Sociologists and political economists have begun to give increasing credence to the ‘debtfare’ hypothesis. This is the idea that welfare state provision and private household debt are substitutes; in countries with more generous welfare states, households have lower debt burdens...