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A Handbook Of Economic Anthropology by James G. Carrier

By James G. Carrier

For greater than a century, anthropologists have studied the commercial lives and associations of individuals all over the world. the result of their examine and mirrored image on financial system have more often than not stayed in the self-discipline and feature now not been to be had in an available shape to a broader readership. This significant reference publication is meant to right this. This exact instruction manual includes immense and worthwhile precis discussions of labor on fiscal approaches and concerns, and at the courting among monetary and non-economic parts of lifestyles. additionally it describes conceptual orientations which are vital between financial anthropologists, and provides summaries of key concerns within the anthropological learn of financial existence in several areas of the area. Its scope and accessibility make it necessary either to people who have an interest in a selected subject and to those that are looking to see the breadth and fruitfulness of an anthropological learn of economics. Economists from a variety of fields and views - from heterodox to classical, and from business economics to financial psychology and sociology - will locate a lot to have interaction them inside this intriguing instruction manual, as will anthropologists interested in the numerous statements by way of senior figures within the box. these all in favour of improvement tasks will locate this a useful reference paintings with which to achieve better realizing of and perception into the explanations for people’s financial actions and judgements. The concise remedies of subject matters will offer worthwhile instructing aids and reference for extra analyzing by means of students in any respect degrees of research.

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W. ) New York: Academic Press. , C. Arensberg and H. Pearson (eds) 1957. Trade and market in the early empires. : Free Press. Polanyi, K. and A. Rotstein 1966. Dahomey and the slave trade: an analysis of an archaic economy. Seattle: University of Washington Press. Polanyi-Levitt, K. ) 1990. The life and work of Karl Polanyi. Montreal: Black Rose Books. Sahlins, M. 1960. Political power and the economy in primitive society. In Essays in the science of culture (eds) G. Dole and R. Carneiro. New York: William Y.

The orthodox view, following Wallerstein, is that the modern world-system was born in the ‘long’ sixteenth century, that is to say between about 1450 and 1620, in response to a crisis in the feudal system. This crisis was partly solved by geographical expansion in search of new sources of raw materials; long-distance trade, which created a new division of labour based on the distinction among core, periphery and semi-periphery; and by the development of the modern nation-states in Europe as the basis of economic and political competition.

The formalist response Starting in 1966, a formalist school of economic anthropology arose in opposition to the Polanyi group’s substantivist school (see Cook 1966a , 1966b , 1969; LeClair and Schneider 1968; Schneider 1974). The formalist attack was two-pronged: (1) that the models developed by microeconomics were universally applicable and, thus, superior to substantivism for both economic anthropology and comparative economics; and (2) that economic anthropology was no longer primarily concerned with the kinds of economies (primitive, ‘archaic’ state, peasant) for which the substantivists’ tools were developed.

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