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Doing with dependence: perspectives on the workings and the moralities of dependent relations in flexible capitalism 
Judit Durst (Institute for Minority Studies, Hungary)
Gergely Pulay (Centre for Social Sciences, Budapest)
Stefania Toma (Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities and Babeș-Bolyai University)
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Ivan Rajković (University of Vienna)
Thursday 25 July, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Madrid
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Short Abstract:

The panel seeks ethnographic explorations and theorization of the everyday 'making' and moral deliberations of dependent relations, based on the pursuits of ordinary people to make a living in the context of flexible capitalism.

Long Abstract:

Against wider trend in mainstream academic literature on increased commoditization and individualization in contemporary economic practice, anthropological studies have shown us that the very contingency of work – as a defining characteristic of the current stage of (flexible) capitalism – may foster simultaneously the proliferation of sociality, cultivating (dependent) relations in transactional context. In an era of prolonged and overlapping crises, individuals increasingly rely on dependent relations to secure their livelihoods. However, concerns or ‘moral panic’ about the implications of such dependencies, referred to as 'states of dependence' (Martin-Yanagisako 2020), have become widespread.

This panel aims to reevaluate dependent relations beyond prevailing economic thinking during times of uncertainty. Drawing on the bottom-up approach of new economic anthropological thinking, it investigates how individuals navigate decisions within diverse value systems. It asks how dependent relations are constituted, perceived and negotiated between individuals with conflicting socio-economic interests.

Dependence challenges ideals of freedom and autonomy, yet it remains a crucial topic for research. Many communities we study exhibit hierarchical social structures, which may be seen as desirable if they contribute to pursuing a 'life worth living' (Ferguson 2015) or to the creation of social good (Hickel- Haynes 2018). Hence, this panel explores how dependent relationships, including clientelism contribute to the social reproduction of different groups. It invites papers from various social contexts to work towards a comparative account on dependent relations and their everyday moral evaluations.

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Session 1 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -
Session 2 Thursday 25 July, 2024, -