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Maka Suarez: Thinking about debt with David Graeber and La PAH

focaal_admin , December 21st, 2021

Let me begin by saying “this is a thought experiment”; a phrase David often used, and I find useful. In this talk I’d like to propose an approach…


Keith Hart: Comment on ‘Debt: The Last 5,000 Years’

focaal_admin , December 20th, 2021

David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years was published in summer 2011. In August-September of that year, he took part in the first New York City General Assembly…


David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Debt

focaal_admin , December 16th, 2021

Chair: Alpa Shah Discussants: Keith Hart & Maka Suarez In 2011, David published Debt: The First 5000 Years, a book that would establish him as one of the major…


David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Value

focaal_admin , December 2nd, 2021

‘Value’ is the one central themes that runs throughout and conjoins all of David Graeber’s writings. This week focuses on his first book, whose original title, eventually flipped…



Maximilian C. Forte , June 6th, 2021

In Part 1 we ended with the documentary’s discussion of the type of business model that has been created around COVID-19, or to match the title of the…


Ep # 70 Familial Ties and Family Debts: Susan Ellison on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Bolivia

The Familiar Strange , March 7th, 2021

The Familiar Strange · Ep# 70 Familial Ties and Family Debts: Susan Ellison on Alternative Dispute Resolution in Bolivia This week we bring you an interview with Dr…

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Glimpses of Life in Indefinite Debt in the Czech Republic

Barbora Černušáková , September 19th, 2019

“I can only work cash-in-hand [načerno] for the rest of my life,” Nina[1] told me as we were sitting in her kitchen drinking black coffee while she was…


William Suárez-Gómez and Ismael García-Colón: Puerto Rico: Resistance in the world’s oldest colony

Focaal Web Editor , September 11th, 2019

In July 2019, Puerto Rico was in turmoil. An organic movement asking for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló emerged throughout this US colonial territory. After 12 days…


Ståle Knudsen: Debts and the end for infrastructure fetishism in Turkey

Focaal Web Editor , August 5th, 2019

The immense new Istanbul Airport, additional spectacular bridges over the straights, the Marmaray metro/train tunnel under the Bosporus, high-speed trains, highways, extension of the Istanbul metro ne…


Nadine Ehlers and Leslie R. Hinkson’s Subprime Health: Debt and Race in US Medicine by Naomi Zucker

Naomi Zucker , July 12th, 2018

Subprime Health: Debt and Race in US Medicine Nadine Ehlers and Leslie R. Hinkson (editors) University of Minnesota Press, 2017. 256 pages   “The focus on race in medicine and the…


Long Read Review: The New Poverty by Stephen Armstrong

Rose Deller , April 9th, 2018

Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of the Beveridge Report and written in the spirit of George Orwell’s The Road to Wigan Pier, The New Poverty takes a tour of contemporary…

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Book Forum: Larisa Jašarević’s Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market by Larisa Kurtović

Larisa Kurtović , February 13th, 2018

  In Health and Wealth on the Bosnian Market: An Intimate Debt, Larisa Jašarević explores the mutual entanglement between the economy, living body and the good life in…


Giving Gifts and the Spirit of Sharing

Gamwell , December 21st, 2016

Giving Gifts and the Spirit of Sharing Summary: Why can’t you get rid of that ugly sweater from Grandma? What rules dictate your selection of gifts this holiday…

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Bonded labour in Pakistan

Ayaz Qureshi , November 4th, 2016

The most common pattern for bonded labour in Pakistan is for a landlord or an employer to extend a loan to labourers, in advance of the work done,…


A Tale of Two Rooms: Debt, Success, and Freedom in Indian Microfinance

Sohini Kar , November 2nd, 2016

“See, I don’t have a TV or an almirah [wardrobe],” said Ilina, pointing to her sparse one-room flat, while in one corner—the makeshift kitchen—her husband squatted over a…


Introducing the IMTFI Consumer Finance Research Methods Toolkit

Erin B Taylor , April 20th, 2016

Gawain Lynch and I are happy to announce that the CFRM Toolkit is now available. The Toolkit is the final product of our Consumer Finance Research Methods Project, which…

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IMF plots “credit event” to push Greece to the brink of default

Vito Laterza , April 3rd, 2016

Even though other international events have largely pushed it in the background, the Greek debt drama continues. The IMF and the EU institutions cannot agree on the terms…

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Boilerplate Clauses as Pragmatic Knowledge Practices #pragmatisms

Leticia Barrera , March 2nd, 2016

Prompted by the invitation to participate in this thematic week on #pragmatisms for Allegra, I would like to share some reflections from my ethnographic reading of a concrete…


Carlos E. Chardón: Masking Puerto Rican state failure

Focaal Web Editor , December 3rd, 2015

With the recent default on debt payment (see Franqui Rivera and Colón-Garcia 2015), Puerto Rico became a failed state. State failure is the inability or incapacity of a…


Lisa Jahn & Sarah Molinari: New developments in Puerto Rican economic readjustment?

Focaal Web Editor , December 1st, 2015

This commentary comes from a discussion panel hosted on Tuesday, September 8, by the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies (CLACLS) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, featuring…


FocaalBlog Event: CUNY Panel Discussion on Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis

Focaal Web Editor , September 4th, 2015

On Tuesday, September 8, the City University of New York (CUNY) Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies is hosting a free panel discussion and presentation based…


NEW! — Ismael García Colón & Harry Franqui-Rivera: Puerto Rico Is NOT Greece

Focaal Web Editor , August 26th, 2015

Notes on the Role of Debt in US Colonialism Early July 2015, at an event discussing the Greek debt crisis hosted by the German Federal Bank in Frankfurt,…


Taking On debt: Perspectives from across the social sciences (Part 1)

Erin B Taylor , August 24th, 2015

Understanding why households become over-indebted is a crucial step to planning interventions at the level of the consumer or through policy, but it is not a straightforward task….

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Investing without wealth: The financialization of social reproduction #Crisis

Jaime Palomera , August 24th, 2015

A few years ago, even an expert on the risks of subprime lending would have been astounded by the very suggestion: a global crisis triggered by poor people…