Cash Transfers in Context: An Anthropological Perspective

Cash Transfers in Context: An Anthropological Perspective

by Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan, Emmanuelle Piccoli

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Marginal in status a decade ago, cash transfer programs have become the preferred channel for delivering emergency aid or tackling poverty in low-and middle-income countries. While these programs have had positive effects, they are typical of top-down development interventions in that they impose on local contexts standardized norms and procedures regarding conditionality, targeting, and delivery. This book sheds light on the crucial importance of these contexts and the many unpredicted consequences of cash transfer programs worldwide - detailing how the latter are used by actors to pursue their own strategies, and how external norms are reinterpreted, circumvented, and contested by local populations.

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ISBN-13: 9781785339585
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/07/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 342
Sales rank: 930,761
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Emmanuelle Piccoli is an Assistant Professor of Development Studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium. She is an anthropologist, and has been carrying out research in the Peruvian Andes since 2005. Her publications include Les Rondes paysannes: Vigilance, politique et justice dans les Andes péruviennes (Academia, 2011) as well as numerous papers.

Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan is Professor of Anthropology at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Emeritus Director of Research at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (both in France). He is also based at LASDEL, Niger. He has written numerous books in French and in English and is currently working on an empirical anthropology of public actions and modes of governance in West Africa.

Table of Contents

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Cash Transfers and the Revenge of Contexts: An Introduction
Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan and Emmanuelle Piccoli

Chapter 1. Miracle Mechanisms, Travelling Models, and the Revenge of the Contexts: 
Cash Transfer Programmes; A Textbook Case
Jean-Pierre Olivier de Sardan

Chapter 2. Realizing Cash Transfer Programs through Collective Obligations: An Ethnography of Co-responsibility in Mexico
Alejandro Agudo Sanchíz

Chapter 3. Types of Permanence: Conditional Cash, Economic Difference, and Gender Practice in Northeastern Brazil
Gregory Duff Morton

Chapter 4. Queuing in the Sun: The Salience of Implementation Practices in Recipients’ Experience of a Conditional Cash Transfer
Maria Elisa Balen

Chapter 5. Conditional Cash Transfer Program Implementation and Effects in Peruvian Indigenous Contexts
Norma Correa Aste, Terry Roopnaraine and Amy Margolies

Chapter 6. Making Good Mothers: Conditions, Coercion, and Local Reactions in the Juntos Program in Peru
Emmanuelle Piccoli and Bronwen Gillespie

Chapter 7. Expectations beyond Development: Towards a Prospective Chronology of Cash Transfers from Mexico to Argentina
Andrés Dapuez and Sabrina Gavigan

Chapter 8. Conditional Cash Transfer and Gender, Class, and Ethnic Domination: The Case of Bolivia
Nora Nagels

Chapter 9. Behind the Official Story: The Unintended Effects of Social Transfer Programmes in Conflict-Affected Contexts
Fiona Samuels and Nicola Jones

Chapter 10. Are Cash Transfers Rocking or Wrecking the World of Social Workers in Egypt?
Hania Sholkamy

Chapter 11. Juggling between Social Obligations and Personal Benefit in Western Côte d’Ivoire: How Do Ex-combatants Spend their Cash Allowance?
Magali Chelpi-den Hamer

Chapter 12. Cash Transfers in Rural Niger: Social Targeting as a Conflict of Norms
Jean Pierre Olivier de Sardan and Oumarou Hamani


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