‘The eager taxpayer and the evasive collector: Fiscal relations in peri-urban Bolivia

Miranda Sheild Johansson

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Department of Anthropology, University College London

Miranda will discuss her recent research into taxes in the peri-urban areas of Cochabamba. In considering the wider culture and day-to-day realities that taxpayers live within she looks beyond simple barriers to fiscal expansion to examine why some taxes are paid and others not. This includes moments when the state avoids collection and thereby fiscally excludes part of the population. The research examines the varying morals and exchange logics that different taxes imply and shows that taxes are an important part of how people consider and craft their own citizenship, relationships with the state and fellow citizens.

Wednesday 24 April 2019, 18:00
Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN
Complimentary entrance for Institute of the Americas staff and students
Tickets, including refreshments: non-members £6, members £5, students (with ID) £3
To book, email: anglobolivian@gmail.com

Miranda Sheild Johansson received her PhD in anthropology in 2014 from the London School of Economics and has worked as a teaching fellow at University College London. Sheild Johansson is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on a research project titled Becoming a Tax Payer: Fiscal Expansion and Economic Subjectivities in Bolivia.

One thought on “‘The eager taxpayer and the evasive collector: Fiscal relations in peri-urban Bolivia

  1. A great shame I was not aware of this as the father of an Anglo/Franco-Bolivian whose mother is from Cochabamba. Nonetheless, I shall look further into such things and I do hope you will continue with such investigations into contemporary Bolivia.


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