Social Life of Things Commodities in Cultural Perspective

ISBN-10: 0521357268
ISBN-13: 9780521357265
Edition: 1988
Authors: Arjun Appadurai
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Book details

List price: $40.99
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 1/29/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 339
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

The contributors to this volume examine how things are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings, both present and past. Bridging the disciplines of social history, cultural anthropology, and economics, the volume marks a major step in our understanding of the cultural basis of economic life and the sociology of culture.

Foreword Nancy Farriss
Preface
Toward an anthropology of things
Introduction: commodities and the politics of value
The cultural biography of things: commoditization as process
Exchange, Consumption, and Display
Two kinds of value in the Eastern Solomon Islands
Newcomers to the world of goods: consumption among the
Prestige, Commemoration, and Value
Varna and the emergence of wealth in prehistoric
Sacred commodities: the circulation of medieval relics
Production Regimes and the Sociology of Demand
Weavers and dealers: the authenticity of an oriental carpet
Qat: changes in the production and consumption of a quasilegal commodity in northeast Africa
Historical Transformations and Commodity Codes
The structure of a cultural crisis: thinking about cloth in France before and after the Revolution
The origins of swadeshi (home industry): cloth and Indian society, 1700-1930
Index

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