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Economic theologies of abundance: Halal exchange and the limits of neoliberal effects in postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina

Henig, David (2018) Economic theologies of abundance: Halal exchange and the limits of neoliberal effects in postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology, . ISSN 0014-1844. E-ISSN 1469-588X. (doi:10.1080/00141844.2017.1396233)

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Abstract

This paper questions claims about the all-pervasive neoliberalization of everyday life that dominate many debates in anthropology and beyond. Situated in deprived rural areas of postwar Bosnia-Herzegovina where socio-economic restructuring has led to a reduction in social redistribution and access to many once-guaranteed state provisions, I explore the workings of an Islamic economic theology of halal exchange that mediates divine abundance through an ethics of care and generosity. In a situation of increasing socio-economic inequalities, the economic theology of halal exchange offers villagers a parallel logic of relating to the divine and to each other, as it is concerned with generosity and sharing rather than with the calculative logic of profit and accumulation. Ultimately, this paper addresses the way that specific reconfigurations of cultural values provide a significant basis for moral imagination, innovative practice, and virtuous action at a time of radical change and uncertainty.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/00141844.2017.1396233
Uncontrolled keywords: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Islam, Economic Theology, Exchange, Cosmoeconomics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Social and Cultural Anthropology
Depositing User: D. Henig
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2017 21:04 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 19:41 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/63965 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Henig, David: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-6523
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