Balanced or negative reciprocity: Thinking/remembering, seeing dreams and collecting money among Sinti in North Italy
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This paper discusses how Sinti in the Italian Alps perceive their “doing” as complementary to the ideas, values and practices of work and wage labour of majoritarian society. I discuss the invisible and silent creation of Sinti ontological grids through thinking, remembering and seeing dreams, which allows them to balance what they perceive as relational nets with their Gağe costumers when out to collect money. The paper contributes to the broader discussion on concepts of work, begging and peddling, shifting the focus from an opposition between Romani societies and majoritarian societies to the Sinti epistemology of thinking the world relationally, understanding it as an extended exchange reciprocal system to which also Gağe costumers belong.