Anthropology and Economy (New Departures in Anthropology)

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Offering a uniquely cross-cultural perspective, renowned economic anthropologist Stephen F. Gudeman presents a theory of economic crisis and lessons for its mitigation, in light of the recent global financial crash. This compelling book is richly illustrated with examples from 'strange' small-scale economies as well as developed market economies.

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Advance praise: '[This book] challenges mainstream economists to consider the home-made models of peasants and tribesmen, the logic of their decision making, and the significance of mutuality, gift-giving and the economics of the house.' Adam Kuper, London School of Economics and Political Science

Advance praise: 'This book confirms Gudeman as the most original critic of mainstream economics since Karl Polanyi, and the outstanding contemporary proponent of anthropological economics.' Chris Hann, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

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Comparative and critical, Anthropology and Economy offers a uniquely cross-cultural view of economy. Using examples from market and non-market situations, the book shows how economies are built on five increasingly abstract spheres, from the house to community, commerce, finance, and meta-finance. Across these spheres, economy incorporates a tension between self-interested rationality and the mutuality of social relationships. Even when rational processes predominate, as in markets, economies rely on sociability and ritual to operate, whether as cronyism, pleas to divinities or the magical persuasions of advertising. Drawing on data and concepts from anthropology and economics, the book addresses wealth inequality, resource depletion, and environmental devastation especially in capitalism, providing an understanding of their persistence and ideas for controlling them. Given the recent financial crash, Gudeman offers a different understanding of the crisis and suggestions for achieving greater economic stability.

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Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS Jan 2016 (2016)
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Buchbeschreibung CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS Jan 2016, 2016. Taschenbuch. Buchzustand: Neu. 228 x 152 x 11 mm. Neuware - Comparative and critical, Anthropology and Economy offers a uniquely cross-cultural view of economy. Using examples from market and non-market situations, the book shows how economies are built on five increasingly abstract spheres, from the house to community, commerce, finance, and meta-finance. Across these spheres, economy incorporates a tension between self-interested rationality and the mutuality of social relationships. Even when rational processes predominate, as in markets, economies rely on sociability and ritual to operate, whether as cronyism, pleas to divinities or the magical persuasions of advertising. Drawing on data and concepts from anthropology and economics, the book addresses wealth inequality, resource depletion, and environmental devastation especially in capitalism, providing an understanding of their persistence and ideas for controlling them. Given the recent financial crash, Gudeman offers a different understanding of the crisis and suggestions for achieving greater economic stability. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9781107577206

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