Journal Article (14)

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Lassak, Maria and Mario Schmidt. 2024. Free money's ideological nature: a comparative analysis of unconditional cash transfers in Eastern Africa. Economic Anthropology 11(1): 27–37. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario. 2022. The gift of free money: on the indeterminacy of unconditional cash transfers in western Kenya. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 28(1): 114–129. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario. 2021. Incommensurate abstractions and the (re)quantification of monetary amounts: how western Kenyans measure and are measured in a behavioral economic experiment. Journal of Cultural Economy 14(1): 70–86. DOI:
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Schellhaas, Sebastian, Mario Schmidt, and Gilbert Francis Odhiambo. 2020. Declaring kinship: some remarks on the indeterminate relation between commensality and kinship in western Kenya. Sociologus 70(2): 143–157. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario. 2020. Being one while being many: social and culinary parts and wholes in western Kenya. Food, Culture & Society 23(4): 472–488. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario. 2019. 'Almost everybody does it ... ' gambling as future-making in Western Kenya. Journal of Eastern African Studies 13(4): 739–757. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario and Kai Koddenbrock. 2019. Against understanding: the techniques of shock and awe in Jesuit theology, neoliberal thought and Timothy Morton's philosophy of hyperobjects. Global Society 33(1): 66–81. DOI:
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Ross, Sandy, Mario Schmidt, and Ville Koskinen. 2017. Introduction: overcoming the quantity-quality divide in economic anthropology. Social Analysis 61(4): 1–16. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario. 2017. 'Money is life': quantity, social freedom, and combinatory practices in western Kenya. Social Analysis 61(4): 66–80. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario. 2017. Godfrey Lienhardt as a skeptic: or, anthropology as conceptual puzzle-solving. HAU 7(2): 351–375. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario. 2017. 'Disordered surroundings': money and socio-economic exclusion in western Kenya. Africa 87(2): 278–299. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario. 2015. Entangled economies: New Netherland's dual currency system and its relation to Iroquois monetary practice. Ethnohistory 62(2): 195–216. DOI:
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Schmidt, Mario. 2013. Tauschsphären und Monetarisierungsprozesse: Überlegungen zur Ökonomie der Tiv. Anthropos 108(1): 245–248.
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Schellhaas, Sebastian and Mario Schmidt. 2012. Without Kuon it is no food: zur Aktualität des Core-Fringe-Leguminosen-Modells anhand von Veränderung und Stabilität in der Küche der Luo (Kenia). Paideuma 58: 115–134.

Book Chapter (4)

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Schmidt, Mario. 2024. Socializing 'investment' in pipeline, Embakasi. In: Joost Fontein, Tessa Diphoorn, Peter Lockwood, and Constance Smith (eds.). Nairobi Becoming: security, uncertainty, contingency. Brooklyn: punctum books, pp. 209–213.
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Schmidt, Mario. 2022. Experimenting with social matter: Claude Bernard's influence on the Durkheim school's understanding of categories. In: Johannes Schick, Mario Schmidt, and Martin Zillinger (eds.). The social origins of thought: Durkheim, Mauss and the category project. Methodology and History in Anthropology 43. New York ; Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 113–127.
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Schmidt, Mario, Johannes Schick, and Martin Zillinger. 2022. The Durkheim school's 'category project': a collaborative experiment unfolds. In: Johannes Schick, Mario Schmidt, and Martin Zillinger (eds.). The social origins of thought: Durkheim, Mauss and the category project. Methodology and history in anthropology 43. New York ; Oxford: Berghahn, pp. 1–26.
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Koddenbrock, Kai and Mario Schmidt. 2021. Depending on money: money as a forceful relation among everyday Kenyans and in Kenya's international relations. In: Sarah Biecker and Klaus Schlichte (eds.). The political anthropology of internationalized politics. Lanham; Boulder; New York; London: Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 155–175.

Issue (1)

Schmidt, Mario and Sandy Ross (eds.). 2017. Quantifying money's quality and qualifying money's quantity. Social Analysis 61(4).

Other (2)

Schmidt, Mario. 2022. Masculinity in Kenya: the pressure to provide and perform. Elephant.
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