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Lecture | Research seminar

Consumer finance in the digital age

  • Erin Taylor (Universidade de Lisboa)
Monday 14 March 2016
Pieter de la Court
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
Faculteitskamer (1.A47)

Consumer finance in the digital age: Practices and aspirations in Hispaniola

Financial management is a social-material activity that individuals and households undertake with a broad spectrum of voluntary and involuntary relationships in mind, including those with friends, the household, businesses, society, and the state. Dr. Erin Taylor presents her findings from qualitative research on the movement of people, money, and goods across the national border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where the use of digital finance products is increasing (e.g., mobile money, remittances, phone credit). In her “portable kit” study, she asked participants to discuss the contents of their bags, wallets, and pockets (Horst and Taylor 2014). She explains how such a framework and method can help keep relationships and their social contexts front-and-centre of our analyses of financial practices in the “digital age".

About Erin Taylor

Dr. Erin B. Taylor is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Instituto de Ciências Sociais in Lisbon, Portugal. Her research focuses on material culture and financial practices in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She is the author of Materializing Poverty: How the Poor Transform their Lives (2013, Altamira), and the editor of Fieldwork Identities (2010, Caribbean Studies Press).

Since 2010, Taylor has been conducting collaborative research on mobile phones, mobile money, markets and migration in Haiti, funded by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI). She is also the Managing Editor of PopAnth.com and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cultural Economy. Taylor blogs regularly about her research on her website Erintaylor.com

Research seminars & workshops spring 2016

This research seminar will be chaired by Zane Kripe (Leiden University). All the Research seminars and workshops of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology are given in English and are open for everyone. Afterwards you can join us in the Bamboo Lounge for drinks.

For more information see Research Seminars and Workshops Spring 2016.  

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