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Street stalls in Port-au-Prince. Photo by Erin B. Taylor.
The concept of moral economy is a natural fit to analyses of material culture. In this working paper, I show how the concept has applications to all three research projects that I have carried out on the island of Hispaniola since I began conducting fieldwork there in 2004.
In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2004-2012), I researched the relationship between materiality and poverty in a squatter settlement. There, materiality (particularly the built environment and consumption) are integral to the self-definition of residents people as poor, is implicated in their stigmatization by outsiders, and also provides a way to create a positive community life and transform the future.
In Haiti (2010-2012), primarily in Port-au-Prince, I did collaborative research on the use of mobile phones and financial products. The implications of making communication and cash virtual speak to an anti-materiality that involves removing away the physical constraints and speeding up circulation. On the Dominican-Haitian border (2010-2012), my co-researchers and I looked at how relations between Dominicans and Haitians are defined and practised through material forms. [click to continue…]