Theoretical and methodological questions in the anthropology and sociology of money for the study of Wechat Pay and Alipay
Ortiz, Horacio (2019), Theoretical and methodological questions in the anthropology and sociology of money for the study of Wechat Pay and Alipay, HKU-CUHK Joint Sociological Forum Series 2019, 2019-04, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
TypeCommunication / Conférence
Conference titleHKU-CUHK Joint Sociological Forum Series 2019
Conference cityHong Kong
Conference countryHong Kong
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Institut de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Sciences Sociales [IRISSO]
Abstract (EN)Digital payment systems Alipay and Wechat Pay, created only a few years ago, are now used daily by hundreds of millions of people. They are connected to credit systems providing loans for consumption and for small and medium enterprises, which did not exist on this scale in the banking system before. And they are also central in the redefinition of state and citizenship as economic policy is officially oriented towards increasing consumption, big data is used for health, education, agriculture and other economic activities, and as systems such as the “social credit” develop. Exploring functionalist, idealist and pragmatist approaches of money in anthropology and sociology, the presentation explores methodological and theoretical questions that arise when studying these processes.
Subjects / KeywordsDigital payment
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