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An Anthropology of Begging
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Hello OAC members,I just joined the site and am really astonished of how interesting the discussions are - I am in this way really looking forward to getting involved in some of them!However, I do…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Johannes Lenhard Aug 21, 2012.

 

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Johannes Lenhard commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Love, Life and Lust - Relationships among beggars in East London
"Oh I am terribly sorry - I didn't quite get that you meant this seminar. I thought you were pointing at another seminar on homelessness etc - thanks for helping me out again, though! "
Jul 27, 2013
Keith Hart commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Love, Life and Lust - Relationships among beggars in East London
"Johannes, how hard did you look? If you insert 'Park of 9' into the OAC search engine, this is what you get."
Jul 27, 2013
John McCreery commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Love, Life and Lust - Relationships among beggars in East London
"Johannes, If you liked Shelter Blues, you might also draw some inspiration from Dorinne K. Kondo's Crafting Selves: Power, Gender, and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace. Kondo examines three cases: The first, a…"
Jul 26, 2013
Johannes Lenhard commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Love, Life and Lust - Relationships among beggars in East London
"Thanks a lot for your comments, John and Keith. I did have a look at Dennis Webster's paper - indeed a wonderfully written account about sharing that I will definitely incorporate into my thesis. I wondered whether you are in contact with…"
Jul 26, 2013
John McCreery commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Love, Life and Lust - Relationships among beggars in East London
"For comparative purposes, you might also have a look at Robert Desjarlais (1997) _Shelter Blues_ [http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/769194.Shelter_Blues]"
Jul 22, 2013
Keith Hart commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Love, Life and Lust - Relationships among beggars in East London
"Johannes, take a look at Dennis Webster's study of sharing among homeless people in Pretoria, South Africa, The park of 9, an OAC Press Working paper. There was also an online seminar on the main page which I am sure you could find if you care…"
Jul 21, 2013
Johannes Lenhard posted a blog post

Love, Life and Lust - Relationships among beggars in East London

Dear all,following up from my earlier blog post, I am getting deeper into both, theory and fieldwork, and am coming up with some observations I would like to share with you. Potentially some of you have some ideas about how to embed the findings into anthropological literature (on friendship, love and sex in other contexts) for which I would be eternally grateful.The more I speak to the group of beggars on the street the more I cultivate the following feeling: begging people have to face a…See More
Jul 21, 2013
Johannes Lenhard posted a blog post

friendship, love and sexuality among beggars.

Dear all,after some exam-abstinence from the forum, the summer will see me put in more effort again. I am going to do more research among a community of street-beggars in the East of London and am planning to look at what beggars actually do in their 'real life', i.e. when they are not 'working' as beggars. How do beggars love? How do they create friendships? How does sexuality work? Where do relations come from, where do they extend to? In conclusion, I am trying to 'draw' a map for the…See More
Jun 12, 2013
John McCreery commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)
"Johannes, I wonder if we should be talking about "personalizing money" at all. Wouldn't be more accurate to talk about personalizing transactions? The money is part of the transaction, but the data collected go beyond how much was…"
Feb 19, 2013
Johannes Lenhard commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)
"Now to get back to Keith - you say: The idea is slowly taking root that society is less an oppressive structure out there and more a subjective capacity that allows each of us to learn how to manage our relations with others. Money symbolizes this…"
Feb 18, 2013
Johannes Lenhard commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)
"John, to get back to your point first, I think you are completely right. It is not 'one single stream' (I was not assuming that - I guess just expressed myself to nonchalantly). There are multiple players (often competitors) controlling…"
Feb 18, 2013
Jose Ossandon commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)
"Dear Johannes, You might find this short report of our research with department store cards in Chile useful: http://blog.imtfi.uci.edu/2012/11/the-economy-of-quota-financial.html  I think, it is an attempt to do what Keith was…"
Feb 5, 2013
John McCreery commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)
"Bill, why are you, or the scholars you cite, assuming that there is only one rail track, one chain of information? The reality is that lots of companies, nation states, and other organizations are collecting unprecedented amounts of personal…"
Feb 5, 2013
John McCreery commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)
"Keith, I wonder, are you aware of Jim Wallis and the Sojourners movement in the USA? Wallis is a rare bird, a fundamentalist Christian minister of progressive political inclinations, also an effective political organizer.  A recurrent theme on…"
Feb 5, 2013
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Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)

Dear all,I was fascinated by a talk that Bill Maurer gave about his latest research with regulators and practitioners in the payment industry. First of all, his 'opening up' of the black box of (electronic) payment is worth mentioning. Payment is not merely the 'reading of the debit/credit card', but several 'stops' (such as the payment device, the 'switch' deciding whether it is debit or credit etc) accompany the transfer along the 'rail'. All of those stakeholders have their own agendas and…See More
Feb 4, 2013
Keith Hart commented on Johannes Lenhard's blog post Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)
"Johannes, My first easy idea in writing The Memory Bank was that the digital revolution made it possible to personalize the impersonal society of the twentieth century through money. I soon learned, however, that this was misleading. The dialectic…"
Feb 4, 2013

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Love, Life and Lust - Relationships among beggars in East London

Dear all,

following up from my earlier blog post, I am getting deeper into both, theory and fieldwork, and am coming up with some observations I would like to share with you. Potentially some of you have some ideas about how to embed the findings into anthropological literature (on friendship, love and sex in other contexts) for which I would be eternally grateful.

The more I speak to the group of beggars on the street the more I cultivate the following feeling:…

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Posted on July 21, 2013 at 4:55pm — 6 Comments

friendship, love and sexuality among beggars.

Dear all,

after some exam-abstinence from the forum, the summer will see me put in more effort again. I am going to do more research among a community of street-beggars in the East of London and am planning to look at what beggars actually do in their 'real life', i.e. when they are not 'working' as beggars. How do beggars love? How do they create friendships? How does sexuality work? Where do relations come from, where do they extend to? In conclusion, I am trying to 'draw' a…

Continue

Posted on June 12, 2013 at 12:23pm

Bill Maurer on cashlessness and the importance of information in money (Seminar in Cambridge, 01/02/2013)

Dear all,

I was fascinated by a talk that Bill Maurer gave about his latest research with regulators and practitioners in the payment industry. First of all, his 'opening up' of the black box of (electronic) payment is worth mentioning. Payment is not merely the 'reading of the debit/credit card', but several 'stops' (such as the payment device, the 'switch' deciding whether it is debit or credit etc) accompany the transfer along the 'rail'. All of those stakeholders have…

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Posted on February 4, 2013 at 1:52pm — 7 Comments

Money matters - even for the beggar

Dear all,

i haven't been around for quite a time. Settling in Cambridge was more work than expected - but I was actually writing in the last couple of weeks. Thanks to all of you - especially John and Keith - for the feedback on my begging-piece. A couple of ideas have now been distilled in this blog post on Sandy Ross's blog:…

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Posted on November 2, 2012 at 11:26am — 2 Comments

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