Economic Anthropology History, Ethnography, Critique

ISBN-10: 074564483X

ISBN-13: 9780745644837

Edition: 2011

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This book is a new introduction to the history and practice of economic anthropology by two leading authors in the field. They show that anthropologists have contributed to understanding the three great questions of modern economic history: development, socialism and one-world capitalism. In doing so, they connect economic anthropology to its roots in Western philosophy, social theory and world history.Up to the Second World War anthropologists tried and failed to interest economists in their exotic findings. They then launched a vigorous debate over whether an approach taken from economics was appropriate to the study of non-industrial economies. Since the 1970s, they have developed a critique of capitalism based on studying it at home as well as abroad.The authors aim to rejuvenate economic anthropology as a humanistic project at a time when the global financial crisis has undermined confidence in free market economics. They argue for the continued relevance of predecessors such as Marcel Mauss and Karl Polanyi, while offering an incisive review of recent work in this field.Economic Anthropology is an excellent introduction for social science students at all levels, and it presents general readers with a challenging perspective on the world economy today.
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List price: $15.99
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 2/18/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Keith Hart is a co-director of the Human Economy Program at the University of Pretoria and Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His recent books include The Human Economy: A Citizen's Guide (with Jean-Louis Laville and Antonio David Cattani, 2010) and Economic Anthropology: History, Ethnography, Critique (with Chris Hann, 2011).

Christopher Hann is a director of the Max-Planck-Institut f�r Ethnologische Forschung in Halle/Saale, Germany.

Introduction: Economic Anthropology
Some Issues of Method
The Human Economy
Critical Anthropology
Organization of the Book
Economy from the Ancient World to the Age of the Internet
Economy as Household Management
Medieval and Early Modern Roots of Economic Theory
The Rise of Political Economy
The Economic Anthropology of Karl Marx
National Capitalism and Beyond
The Rise of Modern Economics and Anthropology
The German Tradition
The British Tradition
The American Tradition
The French Tradition
The Golden Age of Economic Anthropology
Karl Polanyi and the Substantivist School
The Formalists
After the Formalist-Substantivist Debate
The Cultural Turn
Hard Science
The Anthropology of Money
Unequal Development
Development in an Unequal World
Anthropologists and Development
The Anthropology of Development in Africa
The Informal Economy
Beyond Development?
The Socialist Alternative
Postsocialist Transformation
Reform Socialism
One-world Capitalism
The Development of Capitalism
Industrial Work
Corporate Capitalism
Money and the Financial Crisis
Where Do We Go From Here?
History, Ethnography, Critique
Economic Anthropology as a Discipline
Farewell to Homo economicus
Notes on Further Reading
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