Obfuscating Disreputable Ties: Taboo Relationships in the Global Economy

02/28/2018 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Centers for Gender/Race Studies, Community Room (105)

This panel will examine the structure of exchange between the scared and profane. It will examine markets where actors manage disreputable exchange in taboo markets. To push the field further the panel will ask how do you we think about exchanges that are “legal” but socially disreputable? How do market actors obfuscate disreputable ties through highly intimate and personal ways like gift-giving?


Gabriel Rossman
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles
"Moral Reactions to the Obfuscation of Disreputable Exchange: A Vignette Experiment on Baby-Selling"

Ashley Mears
Associate Professor of Sociology, Boston University
"Obfuscating Exploitative Economies"

Kimberly Hoang
Assistant Professor of Sociology and the College, University of Chicago
"Risky Investments: Varieties of Obfuscation in Frontier Markets"

Part of the Gender, Sexuality and Global Capitalism Project of the CSGS.

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