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Viviana A. Zelizer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780691139364

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691139364.001.0001

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Circuits in Economic Life

Circuits in Economic Life

(p.344) 16 Circuits in Economic Life
Economic Lives

Viviana A. Zelizer

Princeton University Press

This chapter identifies the social arrangements called circuits of commerce, explains how they matter to economic life and where to look for them, enumerates some questions we should be asking about them, and sketches an approach to investigating them. Earlier papers describe three circuit-like phenomena: local monies, caring connections, and clusters within corporations. Instead of elaborating on those three, the chapter begins with two other economic phenomena that are widespread, consequential, multiply invented, and puzzling: migrants' remittance networks and rotating savings and credit associations. It concludes by outlining the general properties will we find in circuits and questions raised about commercial circuits on college campuses.

Keywords:   social arrangements, commerce, economic life, migrants, remittance networks, credit associations

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