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LSE Research Showcase Summer Term Series- Tackling reckless lending and indebtedness in South Africa with Professor Deborah James
The legacy of apartheid for South Africa has been racialised inequality and structural poverty. Whilst South Africa has a relatively good social welfare system, it leaves those aged 18 to 59 with no or little income. Since the 1990s, South Africans (both in and out of work) have been borrowing extensively to meet their own and their dependents’ needs and expectations. The result has been unsustainable levels of debt, much of it with unsecured lenders and loan sharks – all based on a system of electronic file transfers facilitated by the financialisation of welfare. Anthropologist Deborah James will reflect on her work with human rights organisation Black Sash to tackle the exploitation of poor communities of welfare beneficiaries by lenders.

These 30 minute coffee-break sessions are open to the LSE community so that you can find out about some of the fascinating research taking place at LSE. Short talks will be followed by an opportunity to ask questions.

You can see details of the full Summer Term series (some on campus, some on Zoom) online:

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May 31, 2022 11:00 AM in London

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