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date: 27 June 2022

Economies of Advicelocked

Economies of Advicelocked

  • Deborah JamesDeborah JamesLondon School of Economics
  •  and Insa KochInsa KochLondon School of Economics


Because of academic divisions of labor, anthropologists have come late to the study of the changing landscape of welfare and advice provisions in Euro-America (and beyond). However, this study is crucial to understanding contemporary economies. Attention to the increasing informalization, hybridization, plurality, and complexity of welfare-care-advice provisions in the context of 21st-century austerity in Europe challenges the widely held view of how state bureaucracies operate. The corollaries are the difficulties in accessing what help is available (hence the increasing need for advice) and an increase in grass-roots mutual aid and activism to supplement, and in some cases even supplant, state advice provisions.


  • Sociocultural Anthropology

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