Morality and Money on the Move
Based on two case studies in different parts of the State of Jalisco, Mexico, we will show how financial practices such as saving and investing constitute complex, interrelated and complementary processes that involve a variety of discourses, practices and meanings, associated to flows, reserves and exchanges — monetary and non-monetary.
The static character of monetary reserves is described, in one of the cases under study, as undesirable, arguing that their benefits are not put to good use. People consider that investment favors material reproduction because it is assumed that the movement of resources (material and non- material, monetary or not) will produce benefits at short or long term.
The other case highlights the social nature of monetary transactions, also considering the mobility of money, but more in the perspective of interaction between households and community members.
Both cases reveal the multiplicity of meanings entailed in financial practices, the dynamics involved and the relevance of velocity and timing in such practices.