“Here’s something you always like to see,” Stewart says, scanning the front page of the Washington Post.“ ‘U.S. Trade Deficit Startles Markets.’ Now, we’ve understood the U.S. trade deficit for a while. Are the markets small children that are easily startled? The next day, they’ll get an unemployment number and go, ‘Oh, I don’t know why we were startled and lost 200 points yesterday; today, we realized the shirt on the chair wasn’t a monster, so we’re going to put 300 points back on the Dow because we’re fucking 5 years old.’ ”
Now that the fieldwork is over it is time for me to write an anthropological study. I have been trying to make the chapterisation, and when i finish with that II will draw up a timetable. I must say that it is not going too smoothly at the moment, but I realise that the choices I make in the chapterisation are really important so I am trying to take my time.
That is what has been happening.
Anthropologists of economic relations are well experienced in dealing with the deployment of informal relationships by economic actors. These informal relations are often based on kinship ties and patron client relations. The paper aims to examine a particular manifestation of a mixture of both kinship relations and patron client relations. Rather than starting off with any assumptions about the relationship between these relations, or discussing the functions they serve, the paper aims to describe the relations among Igbo migrant traders in Cotonou. The trade in used clothing in the Republic of Benin is not just dominated by Igbo migrants, but almost all of the traders are from one local government area of Abia state in Nigeria. Looking briefly at the history of the trade in used clothing in Lome and Cotonou, the paper presents an examination that shows the way a specific expression of patron client relations is structured. It describes the modes of recruitment of clients by masters who are often owners of big used clothing businesses; it also describes the way the relationship between the Master and the Boy, or very often Boys, is structured. The paper draws from a year-long ethnographic fieldwork on the informal trade in used clothing between Nigeria and Benin.
My research is on informal trade between Nigeria and Republic of Bénin.
Theoretically, I am interested in the Sociology of Association or Actor-Network Theory. I am also interested in New Institutional Economics and the ways institutions affect trade and economic behavior. There are of course others that I cannot think of at the moment. I will write about them as they arise.
This blog is going to be about general anthropological issues that I find interesting. My interests, as they will appear on this page, may be more slanted towards theories.
Yea, that is me. I should be back in some days.