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The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality

06 nov 2018 16:00 - 18:00
Institut d'études avancées de Paris
Hôtel de Lauzun
17 quai d'Anjou
75004 Paris

Round table on the occasion of the publication of the Encyclopaedia directed by Alena Ledeneva (2013-2014 Paris IAS fellow / UCL), The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality (Londres, UCL Press, 2018), organized with the support of the Centre Maurice Halbwachs (EHESS-ENS-CNRS).
With Florence Weber (Centre Maurice Halbwachs, ENS - PSL), Ronan Hervouet (Centre Emile Durkheim, Faculté de sociologie - Université de Bordeaux), Paco Rapin (IRIS, EHESS), Françoise Daucé (EHESS), Saadi Lahlou (Paris IAS).

About the book

Alena Ledeneva invites you on a voyage of discovery, to explore society’s open secrets, unwritten rules and know-how practices. Broadly defined as ‘ways of getting things done’, these invisible yet powerful informal practices tend to escape articulation in official discourse. They include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and tributes for services, interest-driven know-how (from informal welfare to informal employment and entrepreneurship), identity-driven practices of solidarity, and power-driven forms of co-optation and control. The paradox, or not, of the invisibility of these informal practices is their ubiquity. Expertly practised by insiders but often hidden from outsiders, informal practices are, as this book shows, deeply rooted all over the world, yet underestimated in policy. Entries from the five continents presented in this volume are samples of the truly global and ever-growing collection, made possible by a remarkable collaboration of over 200 scholars across disciplines and area studies.

By mapping the grey zones, blurred boundaries, types of ambivalence and contexts of complexity, this book creates the first Global Map of Informality. The accompanying database is searchable by region, keyword or type of practice, so do explore what works, how, where and why!


Les inscriptions sont closes. Néanmoins l’entrée sera possible 5 minutes avant le début de l’événement en fonction du nombre de places disponibles.
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