'The Quiet Market’ a Critical Realist Account of C2c Exchange in the West of Ireland

Damien McLoughlin, University College Dublin. Ireland
Geoff Easton, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
ABSTRACT - This paper presents a single case example of exchange in a C2C setting. This case is drawn from a longitudinal qualitative and quantitative study of a Local Exchange Trading System (LETS) group in Westport, County Mayo on the West coast of Ireland known as Meitheal Na Mart (MnM). LETS are a system of economic exchange designed primarily to free members from the labour-wage economy. This paper uses critical realism to illustrate the causal relationship between the focal actors behaviour as well as the causal potentialities and the environment in which she operated.
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Damien McLoughlin and Geoff Easton (2004) ,"'The Quiet Market’ a Critical Realist Account of C2c Exchange in the West of Ireland", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 31, eds. Barbara E. Kahn and Mary Frances Luce, Valdosta, GA : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 735-739.