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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 608 pages
  • 154 x 230 x 34mm | 898.11g
  • Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1845429524
  • 9781845429522
  • 911,544

Table of contents

Contents: Preface Introduction James G. Carrier PART I: ORIENTATIONS Introduction 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 PART II: ELEMENTS Introduction 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 PART III: CIRCULATION Introduction 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 PART IV: INTEGRATIONS Introduction 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 PART V: ISSUES Introduction 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 PART VI: REGIONS Introduction 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 Indexshow more

About James G. Carrier

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

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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, Choiceshow more

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