1. The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, Volume I: Towards Understanding of Social and Cultural…

1. The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, Volume I: Towards Understanding of Social and Cultural Complexity (2018)

Broadly defined as “ways of getting things done,” the invisible yet powerful concepts of “informal practices” tend to escape articulation in official discourse. These practices include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and tributes for services, interest-driven know-how (from informal welfare to informal employment), identity-driven practices of solidarity, and power-driven forms of co-optation and control. Yet, the possible paradox of the indiscernibility of these informal practices is their ubiquity. Alena Ledeneva’s wholly unique two-volume work collaborates with over two hundred scholars across five continents, illustrating how informal practices are deeply embedded across the globe yet still remain underestimated in policy-making procedures.

2. The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, Volume II: Understanding Social and Cultural Complexity (2018)

Broadly defined as “ways of getting things done,” the invisible yet powerful concepts of “informal practices” tend to escape articulation in official discourse. These practices include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and tributes for services, interest-driven know-how (from informal welfare to informal employment), identity-driven practices of solidarity, and power-driven forms of co-optation and control. Yet, the possible paradox of the indiscernibility of these informal practices is their ubiquity. Alena Ledeneva’s wholly unique two-volume work collaborates with over two hundred scholars across five continents, illustrating how informal practices are deeply embedded across the globe yet still remain underestimated in policy-making procedures.

The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, Volume I Towards Understanding of Social and Cultural Complexity.pdf

The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality, Volume II Understanding Social and Cultural Complexity.pdf

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