The variegated financialization of sub-prime credit markets

Lindsey Appleyard, Karen Rowlingson, Jodi Gardner

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The 'financialization of everyday life' is a concept widely recognised by academics as an increasingly fundamental way of understanding the impact of neoliberal ideologies and financial processes on individual identities, subjectivities and relationships with financial services. This article s contributes to debates on the consumption of sub-prime credit and calls for a sophisticated analysis of this aspect of financialization to take into account the variegated use of financial services by people on low and moderate incomes. Drawing on qualitative analysis of the ‘lived experience’ of financialization, based on rigorous in-depth interviews with 44 low/middle income borrowers in the UK the paper concludes that: individuals are at risk of financial insecurity due to increasing variegation of credit markets, and; that the binaries of ‘super inclusion’/’relic’ financial ecologies now fail to reflect the complexity and variegation of credit use in contemporary society as a result of financialization.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-313
Number of pages17
JournalCompetition and Change
Issue number5
Early online date30 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • financialization
  • consumer credit
  • personal finance
  • sub-prime
  • financial inclusion
  • Financial exclusion
  • credit


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