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Catherine Alexander: «The Simple Bare Necessities: The Practices, Rhetoric, Scales and Paradoxes of Thrift on a London Housing Estate»

The Departmental Seminar Series features Catherine Alexander, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Durham.

Time and place: Oct. 7, 2020 2:15 PM–4:00 PM, Zoom

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This seminar will be held on Zoom, and will include a pre-circulated paper. For meeting ID information and the paper, contact

The seminar offers a historical account of changing meanings and practices of thrift in Britain, before exploring ethnographically how these different discourses have played out—and clashed—in the life of a London public housing estate and its residents.

It extends historical analyses by showing the conjunction of these discourses, which are often inimical, and brings together concerns at different scales about minimising wastefulness and managing budgets.