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Dal «baratto» al mobile money: limiti e pregiudizi di un’interpretazione evoluzionistica dei sistemi monetari africani
Journal Title: CHEIRON 
Author/s: Karin Pallaver 
Year:  2019 Issue: 1-2 Language: Italian 
Pages:  24 Pg. 225-248 FullText PDF:  223 KB
DOI:  10.3280/CHE2019-001010
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Through a selected number of case studies, this article reconstructs some of the most common misconceptions about the history of money in Africa and the limits that they pose to an understanding of African monetary practices and systems. The first part focuses on the concept of «barter» and its applicability to the African context. The second part analyses precolonial commodity currencies and the so-called «gewgaw myth». The third part focuses on the transition from precolonial currencies to metal coins during the colonial period. Finally, the last part concentrates on the symbolism of money in the post-independence years and on the recent developments of mobile money in some African countries. Through the adoption of a long-term perspective, the article shows the innovativeness and adaptability that has characterized African monetary systems and practices.
Keywords: Uganda and Kenya; Colonialism; Independence; Commodity currencies; Barter.

Karin Pallaver, in "CHEIRON" 1-2/2019, pp. 225-248, DOI:10.3280/CHE2019-001010

   

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