Banking on the market: Mobile phones and social goods provision in Haiti [Acumulando no mercado: Telefones móveis e provisão de bens sociais no Haiti]

Taylor, E and Horst, H 2018, 'Banking on the market: Mobile phones and social goods provision in Haiti [Acumulando no mercado: Telefones móveis e provisão de bens sociais no Haiti]', Anthropological Quarterly, vol. 91, no. 2, pp. 551-579.


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Title Banking on the market: Mobile phones and social goods provision in Haiti [Acumulando no mercado: Telefones móveis e provisão de bens sociais no Haiti]
Author(s) Taylor, E
Horst, H
Year 2018
Journal name Anthropological Quarterly
Volume number 91
Issue number 2
Start page 551
End page 579
Total pages 29
Publisher Institute for Ethnographic Research (George Washington University)
Abstract The role of the market in the provision of social goods (Söderbaum 2005) has been at the fore of academic discussions over the past few decades as governments and other state actors outsource their provisioning to corporations and other market mechanisms (Schwittay 2011). In Haiti, information and communication technologies (ICTs) have played a significant role in this shift, due to their capacity to act as platforms for service delivery (Kendall et al. 2012). However, the marketization of services is by no means complete. Drawing upon research carried out in Haiti between 20102012, we demonstrate how the models that promote the use of ICTs for social purposes tend to bring together alliances of market and non-market forces, relying on the different affordances of each to structure service delivery for commercial and non-commercial ends. Rather than a one-way shift from state provisioning to the commercialization of social goods, their delivery mechanisms have changed routinely throughout Haitian history. We argue that these features are often overlooked in analyses of neoliberalism that present the decline of state service provision as a one-directional movement towards marketization.
Subject International and Development Communication
Keyword(s) Development
Haiti
Markets
Mobile communication
Mobile money
Social goods
DOI - identifier 10.1353/anq.2018.0026
Copyright notice © 2018 by the Institute for Ethnographic Research (IFER) a part of The George Washington University. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0003-5491
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