A Handbook of Economic Anthropology, Second Edition

A Handbook of Economic Anthropology, Second Edition

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The first edition of this unique Handbook was praised for its substantial and invaluable summary discussions of work by anthropologists on economic processes and issues, on the relationship between economic and non-economic areas of life and on the conceptual orientations that are important among economic anthropologists. This thoroughly revised edition brings those discussions up to date, and includes an important new section exploring ways that leading anthropologists have approached the current economic crisis. 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 economy.

This comprehensive Handbook will strongly appeal to undergraduate and post-graduate students in anthropology, economists interested in social and cultural dimensions of economic life, and alternative approaches to economic life, political economists, political scientists and historians.
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  • Hardback | 680 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 43.18mm | 1,133.98g
  • Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1849809283
  • 9781849809283

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
Mark Busse

8. Labour
E. Paul Durrenberger

9. Industrial Work
Jonathan Parry

10. Money in Twentieth-century Anthropology
Keith Hart

11. Finance 2.0
Bill Maurer

12. Distribution and Redistribution
Thomas C. Patterson

13. Consumption
Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld

14. Ceremonial Exchange: Debates and Comparisons
Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart

15. Markets: Places, Principles and Integrations
Kalman Applbaum

16. The Gift and Gift Economy
Yunxiang Yan

17. One-way Economic Transfers
Robert C. Hunt

18. Gender
Maila Stivens

19. Environment and Economy
Eric Hirsch

20. Culture and Economy
Michael Blim

21. Economy and Religion
Simon Coleman

22. Economies of Ethnicity
Thomas Hylland Eriksen

23. Economic Anthropology and Ethics
Peter Luetchford

24. Households and their Markets in the Andes
Enrique Mayer

25. Peasants
Mark Harris

26. Economic Valuations and Environmental Policy
Catherine Alexander

27. Anthropology and Development: The Uneasy Relationship
David Lewis

28. The Informal Economy in Comparative Perspective
Martha Alter Chen

29. South America
Terry Roopnaraine

30. Africa South of the Sahara
Mahir Saul

31. South Asia
John Harriss

32. East Asia
J.S. Eades

33. Towards an Economic Anthropology of Europe
Valeria Siniscalchi

34. Oligarchy and State Capture: Soviet-style Mechanisms in Contemporary Finance Capitalism
Don Kalb and Oane Visser

35. Anthropology - of the Financial Crisis
Horacio Ortiz

36. Economic Crisis, 2008: What Happened, What Can be Learned About How and Why, What Could Happen Next
Michael Blim

37. Terms of Debate versus Words in Circulation: Some Rhetorics of the Crisis
Jane I. Guyer

38. The Financial Crisis and the History of Money
Keith Hart

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Acclaim for the first edition: `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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