Dr Erin Taylor

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

My research interests focus on material culture, financial behaviour, and technology in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

I am the author of Materializing Poverty: How the Poor Transform their Lives (2013, AltaMira), an ethnography that explores how residents of a squatter settlement in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, use their material resources creatively to solve everyday problems and, over a few decades, radically transform the community. I argue that their struggles show how these everyday engagements with materiality, rather than more dramatic efforts, generate social change and build futures.

My edited book, Fieldwork Identities in the Caribbean (2010, Caribbean Studies Press), addresses how identity affects the research process. Each chapter describes how the author negotiated aspects of identity in the field, including race, nationality, class, gender, religion, and sexuality. The authors are all early-career researchers who have conducted fieldwork in different Caribbean nations, including the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Belize.

From 2010-2012 I worked with with Dr. Heather Horst and Dr. Espelencia Baptiste on a project called Mobiles, Migrants and Money: A Study of Mobility in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, funded by the Institute for Money, Technology and Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) at the University of California, Irvine. Over three years we investigated informal remittance routes, the adoption of a new mobile money system, and the use of mobile phones in border crossing. We also collected mobile money-related objects for a display on Haiti in the British Museum‘s newly-renovated Citi Money Gallery.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Taylor, E. (2013). Materializing Poverty: How the Poor Transform their Lives. Maryland, USA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

Book Chapters

  • Taylor, E. (2010). A reluctant locality: the politics of place and progress in Santo Domingo. In Brigitte Bonisch-Brednich and Catherine Trundle (Eds.), Local Lives: Migration and the Politics of Place, (pp. 101-118). Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Taylor, E. (2010). Class, Race, and the Logics of Misrecognition. In Erin B. Taylor (Eds.), Fieldwork Identities in the Caribbean, (pp. 55-76). Coconut Creek: Caribbean Studies Press.

Journals

  • Taylor, E. (2009). From el Campo to el barrio: Memory and social imaginaries in Santo Domingo. Identities-Global Studies in Culture and Power, 16(2), 157-178.
  • Taylor, E. (2009). Modern Dominicanidad: Nation-Building and Politics of Exclusion in Santo Domingo Since the 1880s. Dialectical Anthropology, 33(2), 209-217.
  • Taylor, E. (2009). Poverty as Danger: Fear of Crime in Santo Domingo. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 12(2), 131-148.

Conferences

  • Taylor, E. (2010). ¬°Crisis is Coming! Visions of material and immaterial ends. Anthropology and the Ends of Worlds, Sydney: WordPress.

2013

  • Taylor, E. (2013). Materializing Poverty: How the Poor Transform their Lives. Maryland, USA: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

2010

  • Taylor, E. (2010). A reluctant locality: the politics of place and progress in Santo Domingo. In Brigitte Bonisch-Brednich and Catherine Trundle (Eds.), Local Lives: Migration and the Politics of Place, (pp. 101-118). Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Taylor, E. (2010). Class, Race, and the Logics of Misrecognition. In Erin B. Taylor (Eds.), Fieldwork Identities in the Caribbean, (pp. 55-76). Coconut Creek: Caribbean Studies Press.
  • Taylor, E. (2010). ¬°Crisis is Coming! Visions of material and immaterial ends. Anthropology and the Ends of Worlds, Sydney: WordPress.

2009

  • Taylor, E. (2009). From el Campo to el barrio: Memory and social imaginaries in Santo Domingo. Identities-Global Studies in Culture and Power, 16(2), 157-178.
  • Taylor, E. (2009). Modern Dominicanidad: Nation-Building and Politics of Exclusion in Santo Domingo Since the 1880s. Dialectical Anthropology, 33(2), 209-217.
  • Taylor, E. (2009). Poverty as Danger: Fear of Crime in Santo Domingo. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 12(2), 131-148.

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