Anthropologies of Value

Anthropologies of Value : Cultures of Accumulation Across the Global North and South

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Anthropologies of Value analyses the creation of value in a wide range of political and cultural contexts. This edited collection includes anthropological case studies from around the globe; from the commodification of a Venezuelan waterfall to the relative value of penguins in periods of imperialist expansion.Questioning the validity of binary oppositions such as `north/south', `core/periphery' and `west/the rest' as the basis of generalisations about culturally-mediated engagements with capitalism, this collection leaves no stone unturned in its search to understand and define anthropological value theory. It provides much-needed, controversial new material for students of anthropology, and proposes an alternative, rarely discussed method of studying the world system which challenges mainstream existing work in the more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 22.86mm | 430.91g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745336639
  • 9780745336633
  • 1,545,391

About Luis Fernando Angosto-Ferrandez

Luis F. Angosto-Ferrandez teaches anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Sydney. He is the author of Venezuela Reframed: Bolivarianism, Indigenous Peoples and Socialisms of the 21st Century (Zed Books, 2015) and editor of Democracy, Revolution and Geopolitics in Latin America: Venezuela and the International Politics of Discontent (Routledge 2014). Geir Henning Presterudstuen is a lecturer in anthropology at Western Sydney University. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Fiji since 2009 and his main research interests, on which he has published widely, include the intersections between social categories such as gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality in context of the modern market economy. He is the co-editor of Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).show more

Table of contents

Introduction: The value of everything and the price of nothingness, by Luis F. Angosto-Ferrandez, University of Sydney PART I. EMERGING VALUE IN THE `GLOBAL SOUTH' 1. On the capacity to change the structural parameters of value: the sale of one particular cook islands tivaivai, by Jane Horan, University of Auckland 2. Value and the Art of Deception: Public Morality in a Papua New Guinean Ponzi Scheme, by John Cox, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Australian National University 3. Asbin: A has been of highlands gift exchange?, by Olivia Barnett-Naghshineh, University of Auckland 4. The value of the vanua - the nexus of people and land in Fiji's market economy, by Geir Henning Presterudstuen, University of Western Sydney 5. Natural value: rent-capture and the commodification of a waterfall in Gran Sabana, Venezuela, by Luis F. Angosto-Ferrandez 6. Capitalist Ventures or Solidarity Networks? Self-employment in post-Soviet Cuba , by Marina Gold, Macquarie University PART II. TRIBULATING VALUES IN THE `GLOBAL NORTH' 7. The relative value of penguins, by Moira White, Otago Museum 8. Quota systems: repositioning value in New Zealand, Icelandic and Irish fisheries, by Fiona McCormack, University of Waikato 10. Distributions of Wealth, Distributions of Waste: Abject Capital and Accumulation by Disposal, by David Border Giles, University of Canterbury 11. `The university is kind of an impossible place': Universities towards and against capitalism, by Fern Thompsett, University of Queenslandâ Indexshow more

Review quote

'A provocative book ... This is a remarkable achievement and one which I hope restores economic anthropology to its former prominence as an area of inquiry.' -- Jennifer Alexander, The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology 'This collection of ethnographically-informed essays from around the world turns the abstractions of globalisation theory upside down and provides new insights into the values that inform economic transactions in the world today. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with the value question in the 21st Century' -- Dr Chris Gregory, Australian National Universityshow more