A Handbook of Economic Anthropology

A Handbook of Economic Anthropology

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For more than a century, anthropologists have studied the economic lives and institutions of people around the world. The results of their research and reflection on economy have generally stayed within the discipline and have not been available in an accessible form to a broader readership. This major reference book is intended to correct this.

This unique Handbook contains substantial and invaluable summary discussions of work on economic processes and issues, and on the relationship between economic and non-economic areas of life. Furthermore it describes conceptual orientations that are important among economic anthropologists, and presents summaries of key issues in the anthropological study of economic life in different regions of the world. Its scope and accessibility make it useful both to those who are interested in a particular topic and to those who want to see the breadth and fruitfulness of an anthropological study of economics.

Economists from a wide range of fields and perspectives - from heterodox to classical, and from industrial economics to economic psychology and sociology - will find much to engage them within this exciting Handbook, as will anthropologists drawn to the significant statements by senior figures in the field. Those involved in development projects will find this an invaluable reference work with which to gain greater understanding of and insight into the reasons for people's economic activities and decisions. The concise treatments of topics will provide invaluable teaching aids and reference for further reading by scholars at all levels of study.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 160 x 236.2 x 40.6mm | 975.23g
  • Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 1843761750
  • 9781843761754

Table of contents



James G. Carrier

1. Karl Polanyi
Barry L. Isaac

2. Anthropology, Political Economy and World-System Theory
J.S. Eades

3. Political Economy
Don Robotham

4. Decisions and Choices: The Rationality of Economic Actors
Sutti Oritz

5. Provisioning
Susana Narotzky

6. Community and Economy: Economy's Base
Stephen Gudeman

7. Property
Chris Hann

8. Labour
E. Paul Durrenberger

9. Industrial Work
Jonathan Parry

10. Money: One Anthropologist's View
Keith Hart

11. Finance
Bill Maurer

12. Distribution and Redistribution
Thomas C. Patterson

13. Consumption
Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld

14. Ceremonial Exchange
Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart

15. The Gift and Gift Economy
Yunxiang Yan

16. Barter
Patrick Heady

17. The Anthropology of Markets
Kalman Applbaum

18. One-Way Economic Transfers
Robert C. Hunt

19. Culture and Economy
Michael Blim

20. Gender
Maila Stivens

21. Economy and Religion
Simon Coleman

22. Economies of Ethnicity
Thomas Hylland Eriksen

23. Environment and Economy: Mutual Connections and Diverse Perspectives
Eric Hirsch

24. Economic Anthropology and Ethics
Peter Luetchford

25. Households and their Markets in the Andes
Enrique Mayer

26. Peasants
Mark Harris

27. Value: Anthropological Theories of Value
David Graeber

28. Value: Economic Valuations and Environment Policy
Catherine Alexander

29. Anthropology and Development: The Uneasy Relationship
David Lewis

30. South America
Terry Roopnaraine

31. Africa South of the Sahara
Mahir Saul

32. The Near East
Julia Elyachar

33. South Asia
John Harriss

34. East Asia
J.S. Eades

35. Postsocialist Societies
Chris Hann

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`The volume is a remarkable contribution to economic anthropology and will no doubt be a fundamental tool for students, scholars, and experts in the sub-discipline.' -- Mao Mollona, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute `This excellent overview would serve as an excellent text for advanced undergraduate and graduate-level classroom use. . . Because of the clarity, conciseness, and accessibility of the writing, the chapters in this volume likely will be often cited and recommended to those who want the alternative and frequently culturally comparative perspective on economic topics that anthropology provides. Highly recommended. All academic levels/libraries.' -- K.F. Rambo, Choice
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About James G. Carrier

Edited by James G. Carrier, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany and Indiana University, Bloomington, US
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