From Itinerant Trade to Moneylending in the Era of Financial Inclusion

Households, Debts and Masculinity among Calon Gypsies of Northeast Brazil

  • Martin Fotta

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Settlements, Personhood, and the Centrality of Households

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Martin Fotta
      Pages 65-90
    3. Martin Fotta
      Pages 91-119
  3. Calon Assimilation of the Local Economic Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Martin Fotta
      Pages 151-177
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 225-250

About this book


This book analyses how Calon Gypsies in Brazil have responded to global financial transformations and shifted their economic practices from itinerant trade to moneylending. It also explores their role as ethnic credit providers, offering rare insight into the financial lives of poor and lower-middle-class Brazilians.

More broadly, this volume examines how ethnic difference is created in a context where fixed and collective structures supporting ethnic identity are missing. It is important reading for economic anthropologists, cultural economists and all those interested in processes of financialisation from a local perspective, as well as those fascinated by informal economies, how exchange and debt relate to social and political marginality, and how financial credit becomes 'domesticated' by communities.

Martin Fotta is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Ethnology at Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany. His key areas of research are economy and value, ethnic economies, Nomadic strategies, masculinity and gender, money, credit and debt, cash transfers, and constructions of ethnicity.


Economic Anthropology Household economics Family economics Calon gypsies Ethnic service providers Global financial integration Globalisation Roma and gypsy Ethnic credit providers Moneylending Non-Gypsies Jurons Householding Futuro Economic mobility Migrant economies Romanies in Latin America Ciganos Itinerant trade Masculinity and economics

Authors and affiliations

  • Martin Fotta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social and Cultural AnthropologyGoethe University FrankfurtFrankfurt am MainGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96408-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96409-6
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