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Kate Wood commented on John Conroy's blog post The idea of a rural informal economy
"They're mostly online here http://pole-institute.net/index.php/publications/regards-croises though not all of them are uploaded. A lot of them are in French, but a few of them have been translated. I got along OK with my schoolgirl French…"
Aug 25, 2013
John Conroy commented on John Conroy's blog post The idea of a rural informal economy
"Hullo again John (McCreery): You ask how it might be possible to promote creativity among the poor. I was writing of a 'new orthodoxy', a situation in which the attention of 'developers' (aid agencies, agribusiness companies,…"
Aug 25, 2013
Kate Wood commented on John Conroy's blog post The idea of a rural informal economy
"This is an interesting topic. I examined something like it in my MSc dissertation (which ended up being about informal economic activity as a means of resistance in the DRC, though that's not where I started). The Pole Institute publishes an…"
Aug 24, 2013
John McCreery commented on John Conroy's blog post The idea of a rural informal economy
"I am reminded of a piece I read several years ago in the Harvard Business Review. The project in question was intended to improve the nutrition of children in rural villages in Vietnam. Repeated top-down efforts in line with orthodox…"
Jul 31, 2013
John Conroy commented on John Conroy's blog post The idea of a rural informal economy
"Hullo again, John McC You are focusing on an inter-generational rise-and-fall scenario, very often suggested in the context of the Chinese family firm and given as an explanation of the relatively short life-expectancy of such enterprises. In this…"
Jul 31, 2013
John McCreery commented on John Conroy's blog post The idea of a rural informal economy
"Fascinating. The one thing I see missing in the analysis is consideration of the developmental cycle of rural households, described for example, here in the case of China. The Chinese have an expression... 富不过三代 (fu bu guo san dai)…"
Jul 30, 2013
John Conroy posted a blog post

The idea of a rural informal economy

In two previous posts I have reported on my evolving study of the idea of an informal economy. This third post ruminates about the extension of the idea to rural life. Keith Hart's original work in Ghana (in the years up to 1973) had an almost exclusively urban focus, though he did not explicitly exclude the possibility of informality in the rural 'sector'. Indeed a UNDP Mission to Papua New Guinea in 1972-73 (of which Keith was a member) produced a report (the 'Faber Report') which appeared to…See More
Jul 30, 2013
Keith Hart commented on John Conroy's blog post The idea of the informal economy: a further work in progress report
"Very nice paper, John, not least the concluding remarks on German bureaucracy. More later."
May 4, 2013
John Conroy posted a blog post

The idea of the informal economy: a further work in progress report

More on the idea of the informal economy: My earlier post (14 April) was a work-in-progress report on a study of 'the idea of the informal economy', with particular reference to Melanesia (and specifically to pre-modern Papua New Guinea). In time it will be extended to the modern (colonial and post-colonial) period.That earlier post provided links to three papers which had appeared to that point. A fourth paper, titled "Preconditions for an informal economy: ‘trucking and bartering’ in New…See More
May 4, 2013
John Conroy commented on John Conroy's blog post The idea of the informal economy: a work in progress report
"Glad to hear from you again, John. I see you've been commenting lately about the potential for modelling to systematize our thoughts about social networks. I take it your comment is not so much in relation to my own post, but rather an…"
Apr 21, 2013
John McCreery commented on John Conroy's blog post The idea of the informal economy: a work in progress report
"See Ring Around the Klula [http://www.academia.edu/2038252/Ring_Around_the_Kula_An_Agent-Based_Modeling_Approach_to_Network_Formation]. P.S. A Google search for "social network analysis Kula Ring" turns up several additional items."
Apr 15, 2013
John Conroy posted a blog post

The idea of the informal economy: a work in progress report

I'm working on a series of studies concerned with the intellectual history of the 'informal economy', and its relevance to current concerns in Papua New Guinea (PNG; the eastern half of the island of New Guinea). I hope, eventually, to 'join up' these studies in an extended monograph.The first study in the series was the subject of an OAC online forum in April 2012. It dealt with Keith…See More
Apr 14, 2013
John Conroy replied to Keith Hart's discussion Conroy on informal economy (continued) in the group The Human Economy
"Keith, you wrote that in your original account of informality, ‘I insisted that formal and informal dimensions of economic activity were inseparable, but I contributed to the objectification of my argument by delimiting my inquiry to the…"
May 27, 2012
John Conroy replied to Keith Hart's discussion Conroy on informal economy (continued) in the group The Human Economy
"John, I appreciated your account of a childhood perched liminally between formal and informal activity. If we want to summon up 'in living memory' data, i'm sure a number of readers from 'industrial' countries would be able…"
May 10, 2012
John Conroy replied to Keith Hart's discussion Conroy on informal economy (continued) in the group The Human Economy
"Keith, you wrote to me that: ‘You have read Stedman Jones on Webb and you prefer her secondhand evidence to my ... summary statement of something different’. And again, you wrote that ‘the idea that Manchester was clean (formal)…"
May 9, 2012
John Conroy replied to Keith Hart's discussion Conroy on informal economy (continued) in the group The Human Economy
"I’m going to look back to Keith’s last intervention, in the debate on the OAC forum, a week ago. I said then that I didn’t want to risk an anti-climax. But since the discussion has a new lease of life, in the ‘Human…"
May 4, 2012

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The idea of a rural informal economy

In two previous posts I have reported on my evolving study of the idea of an informal economy. This third post ruminates about the extension of the idea to rural life. Keith Hart's original work in Ghana (in the years up to 1973) had an almost exclusively urban focus, though he did not explicitly exclude the possibility of informality in the rural 'sector'. Indeed a UNDP Mission to Papua New Guinea in 1972-73 (of which Keith was a member) produced a report (the 'Faber Report') which appeared…

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Posted on July 30, 2013 at 6:29am — 6 Comments

The idea of the informal economy: a further work in progress report

More on the idea of the informal economy: My earlier post (14 April) was a work-in-progress report on a study of 'the idea of the informal economy', with particular reference to Melanesia (and specifically to pre-modern Papua New Guinea). In time it will be extended to the modern (colonial and post-colonial) period.

That earlier post provided links to three papers which had appeared to that point. A fourth paper, titled "Preconditions for an informal economy: ‘trucking and bartering’…

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Posted on May 4, 2013 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

The idea of the informal economy: a work in progress report

I'm working on a series of studies concerned with the intellectual history of the 'informal economy', and its relevance to current concerns in Papua New Guinea (PNG; the eastern half of the island of New Guinea). I hope, eventually, to 'join up' these studies in an extended monograph.…

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Posted on April 14, 2013 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

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At 4:48am on March 15, 2012, Keith Hart said…

Welcome to the OAC, John! Looking forward to your paper. Keith

 
 
 

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