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Economies of Favour after Socialism

Economies of Favour after Socialism

ISBN 9780199687411
Edition 1st
Publication Date
Publisher Oxford University Press
Scholars of post-socialist politics and society have often used 'favour' as a by-word for corruption and clientelism. Drawing on ethnographic material from across the Eurasian landmass, the contributors to this volume treat favours, and the doing of favours, as a distinct mode of acting, rather than as a form of 'masked' economic exchange or simply an expression of goodwill. Casting their comparative net from Central, Eastern, and South Eastern Europe; to the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, and post-Maoist China, they show how gratuitous behaviour shapes a plethora of different actions, practices, and judgements across religious life, imaginative practices, and local moral economies.

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