Gypsies, markets and horses: two ways of ‘doing business’ – social and economic networks and itineraries of Gypsy families in Greater Lisbon and the Algarve

Leading researcher: Micol Brazzabeni
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Post-doctoral research
Status: Concluded
Keywords: Gypsies | Markets | Formal and informal economies | Portugal


Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: FCT
Reference: SFRH/BPD/41131/2007
Starting date: 01-04-08

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Abstract

The socioeconomic representations concerning trade, street vending, and in general, the informal sector oscillate between views that justify these activities within a rural economic context as suppliers of limited goods and services; that classify them as marginal, parasitic, and inefficient practices because they are irrational and “backward”; or, in the economic and political postmodern system, describe them both as suitable for growth and economic flexibility, and as an instrument to cushion the political crisis. Therefore, this project aims to enter in the wider anthropological discussion about the so called “informal” economies, e.g., open-air markets, fairs, processes of commodification, processes of construction of ethnic, and gender identity. In particular, it proposes to investigate and discuss the modalities Gypsy families enter in the processes of commodification, that is, the occupation of eventually “marginal”, or peripheral, or interstitial settings within economic and social relations that are, on the contrary, central and dominant. It is a comparative study of two ethnographic contexts: the Gypsy open-air markets in the Greater Lisbon area and the horse fairs in the Alentejo or Algarve regions, where this kind of trade is significant.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub31*Brian Juan O'NeillSupervisorproj25*Gypsies, markets and horses: two ways of 'doing business' - social and economic networks and itineraries of Gypsy families in Greater Lisbon and the AlgarvePost-doctoral researchConcluded
pub138*Micol BrazzabeniResearch scholarproj25*Gypsies, markets and horses: two ways of 'doing business' - social and economic networks and itineraries of Gypsy families in Greater Lisbon and the AlgarvePost-doctoral researchConcluded
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