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 worldwide. the result of their examine and mirrored image on economic climate have quite often stayed in the self-discipline and feature no longer been to be had in an obtainable shape to a broader readership. This significant reference booklet is meant to right this. This exact guide comprises mammoth and valuable precis discussions of labor on monetary techniques and matters, and at the courting among financial and non-economic parts of existence. in addition it describes conceptual orientations which are very important between monetary anthropologists, and offers summaries of key matters within the anthropological research of financial existence in numerous areas of the realm. Its scope and accessibility make it important either to people who have an interest in a specific 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 monetary psychology and sociology - will locate a lot to have interaction them inside this intriguing guide, as will anthropologists interested in the numerous statements by means of senior figures within the box. these taken with improvement tasks will locate this a useful reference paintings with which to realize higher knowing of and perception into the explanations for people’s financial actions and judgements. The concise remedies of subject matters will offer beneficial instructing aids and reference for extra studying by way of students in any respect degrees of research.

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8. 9. 10. A handbook of economic anthropology The global class system is also cross-cut by status groups whose unity is based on culture, including nations. Nationalism is seen as a major factor preventing members of the same social classes from uniting across international boundaries. Political relations with the periphery can involve various forms of domination, ranging from seizure and colonial occupation to the establishment of networks of client states by a major power, as during the Cold War.

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In a nutshell, it involved philosophical issues that are larger than economic anthropology or even anthropology as a whole. The kinds of oppositions that structured the formalist–substantivist debate are irresolvable social science perennials. Tom Campbell (1981) delineated five of them: idealist–materialist, descriptive–normative, individualistic–holistic, conflict–consensus, positivist–interpretative. Elman Service (1987) pointed to eight such ‘bifurcations’ in the history of anthropology, including positivism–humanism, comparative method–holism, generalisation–particularism and evolution–relativity.

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