A Handbook of Economic Anthropology, Second Edition

A Handbook of Economic Anthropology, Second Edition

4.11 (9 ratings by Goodreads)
Edited by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?


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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 680 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 38.1mm | 907.18g
  • Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd
  • Cheltenham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1781004498
  • 9781781004494
  • 601,058

Review quote

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, Choiceshow more

About James G. Carrier

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

Table of contents

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

Rating details

9 ratings
4.11 out of 5 stars
5 33% (3)
4 44% (4)
3 22% (2)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X