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Special issue launch - Popular Economies in South Africa

January 24, 2012

This special issue of Africa explores popular economies, examining ethnographically how these work out on the ground in the rapidly changing setting of South Africa. As financialization increases, and the state and the banks try to incorporate more and more people into mainstream financial structures, informal arrangements nevertheless persist – and expand. Ideologies and practices of neoliberalism are juxtaposed with long-founded expectations of state welfare – which have been overlaid, in turn, on an uneven mix of market-oriented and state-regulated practices. The authors examine how such domains intersect, and what logics and decisions tie financialized transnational systems to specific everyday settings.

The International African Institute (IAI) and Cambridge University Press (CUP) invite you to celebrate the launch of the 2012 special issue of Africa. This special issue opens the second year of the publishing partnership between the IAI and CUP. CUP and the IAI also collaborate on the International African Library monograph series and the Africa Bibliography, currently being digitised as an online fully searchable database.


Tuesday 14 February 2012, 5 p.m.

Brunei Gallery, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG

RSVP to Ralph Smith,