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Unpacking 'ethno-finance': an introduction to indigenous 'financial' knowledge systems

R. J.C. Bray, G. Els
South African Journal of Information Management | Vol 9, No 1 | a15 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v9i1.15 | © 2007 R. J.C. Bray, G. Els | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 November 2007 | Published: 02 November 2007

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R. J.C. Bray, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
G. Els, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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For too many individuals, indigenous knowledge systems provoke no enthusiasm as they are perceived to be dormant and irrelevant. This article attempts to change this perception by highlighting the need for an in-depth knowledge of indigenous knowledge systems and, moreover, indigenous knowledge systems within finance. A comprehensive definition of ethno-finance, as well as examples, is supplied to help in the development of research opportunities within the sub-field of ethno-finance regarding indigenous knowledge systems.


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