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Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Sociology & social sciences
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Anthropology
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/28381
'We, the Congolese, we cannot trust each other'. Trust, norms and relations among traders in Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo
English
Rubbers, Benjamin mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Institut des sciences humaines et sociales > Anthropologie sociale >]
Sep-2009
British Journal of Sociology
Routledge
60
3
123-142
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0007-1315
1468-4446
London
United Kingdom
[en] Trust ; Property ; Reciprocity
[en] Congolese traders in Katanga claim that they cannot trust their peers, customers, and employees. Existing literature about social capital in Africa does not enhance our understanding, as it tends to consider trust as depending on the degree of social knowledge. In the Congo, social proximity does not exclude suspicion, nor does social distance necessarily prevent trust. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this article aims at developing a more detailed framework. It studies how Congolese traders negotiate two key norms for the building of economic trust - property and reciprocity - with non-relatives, distant relatives, and close relatives.
Researchers ; Professionals ; Students
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/28381
10.1111/j.1468-4446.2009.01261.x

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