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Social Collateral : Women and Microfinance in Paraguay's Smuggling Economy (Hardcover) (Caroline E.

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"Microcredit is part of a global trend of financial inclusion that brings banking services, and especially small loans, to the world's poor. While credit for the poor has increasingly come under the rubric of commercial banking, Paraguayan solidarity lending offers a window into the tensions between social development and global finance. There, non-profit development programs offer group loans to women. These highly regulated loans are secured through mutual support and peer pressure--social collateral--rather than through physical collateral. To understand the broader issues of economic interdependency and its regulatory features, Social Collateral tracks collective debt across the commercial society and smuggling economies at the Paraguayan border. Thestory of social collateral cannot be told without an interwoven story about the feminization of solidarity lending. At its core is an economy of gender--from pink-collar financial work, to men's committees, to hard women smugglers. At stake are interdependencies that bind borrowers and lenders, financial technologies, and Paraguayan development in ways that structure both global inequality and opportunity"--Provided by publisher.

Microcredit is part of a global trend of financial inclusion that brings banking services, and especially small loans, to the world?s poor. While credit for the poor has increasingly come under the rubric of commercial banking, Paraguayan solidarity lending offers a window into the tensions between social development and global finance.

Social Collateral tracks collective debt across the commercial society and smuggling economies at the Paraguayan border through examining group loans made to women by nonprofit development programs. These highly regulated loans are secured through mutual support and peer pressuresocial collateralrather than through physical collateral.

The story of social collateral cannot be told without an interwoven story about the feminization of solidarity lending. At its core is an economy of genderfrom pink-collar financial work, to men?s committees, to hard women smugglers. At stake are interdependencies that bind borrowers and lenders, financial technologies, and Paraguayan development in ways that structure both global inequality and opportunity.



Number of Pages: 271
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Anthropology / Cultural
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of California Pr
Author: Caroline E. Schuster
Language: English
Street Date: October 6, 2015
TCIN: 23991232
UPC: 9780520287044
Item Number (DPCI): 247-50-6008
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