Table ronde “Global Encyclopaedia of Informality”

Table ronde à l’occasion de la parution des deux volumes de 
l’Encyclopédie dirigée par Alena Ledeneva (résidente 2013-2014 de l’IEA 
de Paris / UCL), The Global Encyclopaedia of Informality (Londres, UCL 
Press, 2018).
Avec  Alena Ledeneva, Florence Weber (ENS – PSL), Ronan Hervouet 
(Université de Bordeaux), Paco Rapin (EHESS), Françoise Daucé (EHESS), 
Saadi Lahlou (IEA de Paris / LSE).

Présentation de l’ouvrage

Alena Ledeneva invites you on a voyage of discovery, to explore 
society’s open secrets, unwritten rules and know-how practices. Broadly 
defined as ‘ways of getting things done’, these invisible yet powerful 
informal practices tend to escape articulation in official discourse. 
They include emotion-driven exchanges of gifts or favours and tributes 
for services, interest-driven know-how (from informal welfare to 
informal employment and entrepreneurship), identity-driven practices of 
solidarity, and power-driven forms of co-optation and control. The 
paradox, or not, of the invisibility of these informal practices is 
their ubiquity. Expertly practised by insiders but often hidden from 
outsiders, informal practices are, as this book shows, deeply rooted all 
over the world, yet underestimated in policy. Entries from the five 
continents presented in this volume are samples of the truly global and 
ever-growing collection, made possible by a remarkable collaboration of 
over 200 scholars across disciplines and area studies.

By mapping the grey zones, blurred boundaries, types of ambivalence and 
contexts of complexity, this book creates the first Global Map of 
Informality. The accompanying database is searchable by region, keyword 
or type of practice, so do explore what works, how, where and why!

La table ronde aura lieu le mardi 6 novembre 2018 à 16h
Institut d’études avancées de Paris
Hôtel de Lauzun
17 quai d’Anjou
75004 Paris

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