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Setting aside the formal-informal distinction in favor of a process-oriented analysis of embeddedness allows us better to understand the shifting struggles among the state, capital, and labor.
This paper develops further findings that I presented at the EASA conference in 2006 (paper title: “Formal or Informal Miracle: Mauritian Economic Globalisation in the 20th Century”) and at the 2010 History of Commodity Chains Research Group Meeting, University of Konstanz (paper title: “Ralph Lauren Mauritian Style: Methodological and Epistemological Challenges in the Study of Competing Notions of ‘Liberty,’ Legality, and Dependency within Global Commodity Chains”). I would like to thank the participants and conveners for their valuable comments. I have also benefitted from two anonymous reviewers’ comments on an earlier version of this paper. Natalia Buier, Robert Heinze, and Joe Trapido have given important stimulus to take my thoughts further, and Donald Wood has been an excellent editor. Research has been funded by the Martin-Luther-University, Halle-Wittenberg, and by the Swiss National Science Foundation (grant no. 140484). The usual disclaimers apply.
Neveling, P. (2014), "Three Shades of Embeddedness, State Capitalism as the Informal Economy, Emic Notions of the Anti-Market, and Counterfeit Garments in the Mauritian Export Processing Zone", Production, Consumption, Business and the Economy: Structural Ideals and Moral Realities (Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol. 34), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 65-94. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0190-128120140000034002Download as .RIS
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