P107
Forms of government and everyday economic practices: ethnography and comparison

Convenors:
Benoît de L' Estoile ( CNRS, Ecole normale supérieure/ PSL )
Federico Neiburg (National Museum / UFRJ)
Discussant:
André Dumans Guedes, Benoît de L'Estoile
Stream:
Panels
Location:
S-333
Start time:
3 August, 2014 at 9:00
Session slots:
3

Short abstract:

This panel aims to explore the interrelations between various forms of government and the multiple ways by which everyday economic practices use or contest the framings established by them, framings or forms of regulation that are at the same time being created and transformed by these practices.

Long abstract:

This panel aims at exploring comparatively the complex interrelations between different forms of government, establishing framings, and the multiple ways by which everyday economic practices use or contest these framings or forms of régulation, that are at the same time being created and transformed by these practices. On the one hand, a body of governmental policies and practices, with the administration of populations and territories, the regulation of markets and monetary flows, created and activated by a dense network of individuals and institutions, diversified agents and agencies, such as governments, international organizations, NGOs, military and security agents, "local" leaderships and associations. On the other hand, everyday economic practices, developed in the sphere of the "domestic economy",or within networks of interpersonal relationships related to peoples' needs, their ways of earning and administering money, the exchanges, savings, investments and loans they deal with in everyday life, especially in places where access to money is not dependent on formal jobs. Everyday practices of ordinary people are usually obscured by categories of perception and action used to implement policies and intervention programs aiming to regulate the so-called "domestic economy", the "informal economy" or the "illegal economy". Our ambition is also to understand, in a sociologically positive way, the interrelationships between these two universes and the complex and dense spaces of agencies and agents that structure these interrelations.