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The Indebted Wage: Putting Financial Products to Work in Paraguay's Tri-Border Area

Schuster, Caroline


This article focuses on what I will call the “indebted wage”: the process through which wage labor is transformed into financial assets and new forms of accumulation. I begin with the observation that many Paraguayan families work in order to channel money into debt-based investments. This invites a conceptual shift: can we extend the wage relationships outward from a language of exploitation and into a language of indebtedness as well? I track the effort invested in “keeping on payment,”...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: AQ Anthropological Quarterly
DOI: 10.1353/anq.2019.0054


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