On the Power of Informal Economies & the Informal Economies of Power

Rethinking Informality, Resilience & Violence in Kosovo

Book Title

By: Anna Danielson
April 2014
Uppsala University
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9789155488215
271 Pages
$79.50 Paper original


Informal economics display a puzzling resilience. The problematique of this book concerns the lenses through which the concept of "informality" has been constituted, studied and acted upon as an empirical phenomenon. By developing a critical understanding of informality as object of study, the book uncovers the historical, scholarly and practitioner contexts in which contemporary understandings of informality are constructed.

The author argues that three dominant and conventional approaches to informality systematically fail to account for how the reasons behind people's participation in informal economic activities are constituted by an internal and hierarchically structured social order. To transcend the shortcomings of the established approaches, the book rethinks informality through a comprehensive power analysis and highlights the importance of hierarchies, social practices, covert violence and domintation.


Part I. Introduction

Part II. A Conceptual Analysis of the Practice of Informality

Part III. Formulation of Research Avenues

part IV: Conclusion