Towards a plural history of microfinance

James Copestake, Susan Johnson, Mateo Garcia Cabello, Ruth Goodwin-Groen, Robin Gravesteijn, Julie Humberstone, Max Nino-Zarazua, Matthew Titus

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The paper reviews different ways of telling the history of microfinance. We first contrast a mainstream and mostly positive narrative with a radical critique, illustrating differences with reference to India. We then argue for a more inductive and plural account, drawing on a set of doctoral research studies to illustrate variation in the evolution of microfinance experience according to social relations among users, organisational culture of suppliers, and the political economy of regulation. A global narrative of movement towards total financial inclusion - benign or otherwise - will not do justice to this diversity, nor should the history of microfinance be dominated by one overarching global perspective.
LanguageEnglish
Pages279-297
JournalCanadian Journal of Development Studies
Volume37
Issue number3
Early online date8 Jul 2016
DOIs
StatusPublished - 2016

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microfinance
history
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political economy
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Social Relations
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  • microfinance, financial inclusion, pluralism, India

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Copestake, J., Johnson, S., Garcia Cabello, M., Goodwin-Groen, R., Gravesteijn, R., Humberstone, J., ... Titus, M. (2016). Towards a plural history of microfinance. DOI: 10.1080/02255189.2016.1197102

Towards a plural history of microfinance. / Copestake, James; Johnson, Susan; Garcia Cabello, Mateo; Goodwin-Groen, Ruth; Gravesteijn, Robin; Humberstone, Julie; Nino-Zarazua, Max; Titus, Matthew .

In: Canadian Journal of Development Studies, Vol. 37, No. 3, 2016, p. 279-297.

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Copestake, J, Johnson, S, Garcia Cabello, M, Goodwin-Groen, R, Gravesteijn, R, Humberstone, J, Nino-Zarazua, M & Titus, M 2016, 'Towards a plural history of microfinance' Canadian Journal of Development Studies, vol. 37, no. 3, pp. 279-297. DOI: 10.1080/02255189.2016.1197102
Copestake J, Johnson S, Garcia Cabello M, Goodwin-Groen R, Gravesteijn R, Humberstone J et al. Towards a plural history of microfinance. Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 2016;37(3):279-297. Available from, DOI: 10.1080/02255189.2016.1197102
Copestake, James ; Johnson, Susan ; Garcia Cabello, Mateo ; Goodwin-Groen, Ruth ; Gravesteijn, Robin ; Humberstone, Julie ; Nino-Zarazua, Max ; Titus, Matthew . / Towards a plural history of microfinance. In: Canadian Journal of Development Studies. 2016 ; Vol. 37, No. 3. pp. 279-297
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