Market, morality and (just) price: the case of recycling economy in Turkey

Dinler, Demet Ş (2019) Market, morality and (just) price: the case of recycling economy in Turkey. Research in Economic Anthropology, 39. pp. 27-47. ISSN 0190-1281

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By drawing on ethnographic fieldwork conducted amongst waste-pickers and recycling traders in the waste paper, plastic and scrap metal sectors, and engaging with literature from economic anthropology and history, as well as archival sources, this paper documents changing perceptions of just price, morality and fairness in the Turkish recycling market. The paper suggests that multiple markets imply multiple prices, which are contingent and contested. When dealing with price mechanisms largely outside their control, actors tend to associate a fair price with the going market price, rather than factors such as state regulation. Approaches to morality and assessments of fairness become more ambiguous when prices are mediated by actors? own practices. These range from gift relations to paternalism, envy and deception.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The article is part of a special issue called "The Politics and Ethics of the Just Price: Ethnographies of Market Exchange".
Keywords: Market, morality, price, fairness, recycling, Turkey.
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
School of Global Studies > International Development
Depositing User: Demet Dinler
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2019 10:16
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 11:31

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