Namita Dharia

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Introduction: Anthropology in the Age of Executive Orders

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Introduction: Anthropology in the Age of Executive Orders

In January 2017, a small-town rag picker in India found nearly one million rupees ($14,500) abandoned in a garbage bag on the streets. Two months earlier, bundl... More

Cash Cultures: Risk, Hoarding, and the Futures of Indian Finance

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Cash Cultures: Risk, Hoarding, and the Futures of Indian Finance

Let us take cash seriously, if cash is what caused the crisis. Let us ask: Who had cash? Who transformed cash? Where did the cash go? And what does this sudden ... More

Demonetization: Critical Responses to India’s Cash(/less) Experiment

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Demonetization: Critical Responses to India’s Cash(/less) Experiment

On November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized 86 percent of the cash circulating in India. While citizens were allowed to deposit and exchange n... More