1 The Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University2 The Dynamics of Globalisation, Inequality and New Processes of International Interaction, Administration Department of Roskilde University, Roskilde University3 Globalization and Europeanization, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University4 Social Dynamics and Change, Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University
Norms at the margins, norms of the in-between
In this article I argue that begging and beggary represents and must be analyzed through a twofold prism: as an economic exchange taking place at the margins but amply within the structures of the market economy and as a social relationship and cultural exchange that, due exactly to its in-between liminal nature, touches upon and generate central values; an exchange in which crucial norms are negotiated and established. Begging activities are just one example of how the market oriented economy intertwines with underground networks and “informal economies”, and how these interconnections produce implicit and explicit norms.
Critique of Anthropology, 2015, Vol 35, Issue 1, p. 94-113
Exchange; reciprocity; moral economies; begging; Rome; Italy