POLPAN Seminar: Ethnography of Household Money and Credit

During the POLPAN Seminar on January 16th Dr. Marta Olcon-Kubicka and Mateusz Halawa (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences) will present a paper titled ‘Ethnography of Household Money and Credit.’

The meeting will be held in Staszic Palace, Nowy Swiat 72, Room 154, at 2:30 p. m.

Abstract:

The talk will present an ongoing research project (NCN OPUS 2014-2017) on practices of handling money in close relationships in young family households in Warsaw. We will discuss the theoretical assumptions (new economic sociology, practice theory) and our methodological approach (repeated visits, interviews and observations among couples). The two presentations will be based on the same research project.

Marta Olcoń-Kubicka will discuss the ways in which young middle-class couples in Warsaw create, transform, and justify their financial arrangement and the models in these financial arrangements. She will focus on notions of fairness in three models: “50/50”, “more or less egalitarian”, and “common pot”. The talk will also present material and technological infrastructures of household money, including home-made Excel budget.

Mateusz Halawa will discuss the rise of mortgage credit in Poland, focusing on social, cultural and economic effects of this historically new form of long-term indebtedness and property (which doubles as collateral). The talk will answer the question: How are mortgage contracts productive, that is how do they transform existing social ties and generate new phenomena from households to the public sphere.