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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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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:…


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…


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…


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:…


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

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