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Economic Moralities: Value claims on the future I 
Stefan Leins (University of Konstanz)
Chelsie Yount-André (University of Leiden)
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Caitlin Zaloom (New York University)
Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), 0G/024
Tuesday 26 July, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

This panel aims to reconsider the relationship between morality and economy in contemporary capitalism. Examining how crises transform economic moralities and their future-oriented narratives, we explore how these processes impact global inequalities.

Long Abstract:

If seminal works on "moral economy" defined the concept in opposition to the (a/immoral) market economy, more recent anthropological research has focused on the ways moral orders shape all forms of economic practice. Examinations of moral logics that underpin even the most neoliberal capitalist systems have revealed economic moralities to be multiple and contested, debated in unfolding interaction in businesses and families alike. Embedded in value-laden stories, discussions, pledges, and reports are claims about how resources "ought" to be used and distributed, and how they might circulate. Economic moralities move money. Their prescriptive terms make claims on future economic relations, shaping how social actors evaluate potential economic futures, whether in household planning, financial investments, or supply chain management.

For this panel, we invite papers that empirically deal with the economy/morality-nexus, asking how practices of speculation are carried out in moral-economic terms. We particularly look for contributions that focus on the ways that moments of crisis transform economic moralities and their future-oriented narratives, considering how these processes impact inequalities and the redistribution of wealth. Beyond that, we invite papers that address questions of how moral values are applied, ignored, negotiated, and transformed in economic settings more broadly. Our aim is to use these contributions to reconsider the relationship between morality and economy in the context of current financialized capitalism, to consider how social actors draw on moral values in efforts to shape economic futures.

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Session 1 Tuesday 26 July, 2022, -