The first edition of this unique Handbook was praised for its substantial and invaluable summary discussions of work by anthropologists on economic processes and issues, on the relationship between economic and non-economic areas of life and on the conceptual orientations that are important among economic anthropologists. This thoroughly revised edition brings those discussions up to date, and includes an important new section exploring ways that leading anthropologists have approached the current economic crisis. Its scope and accessibility make it useful both to those who are interested in a particular topic and to those who want to see the breadth and fruitfulness of an anthropological study of economy.
This comprehensive Handbook will strongly appeal to undergraduate and post-graduate students in anthropology, economists interested in social and cultural dimensions of economic life, and alternative approaches to economic life, political economists, political scientists and historians.
Edited by James G. Carrier, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany and Indiana University, Bloomington, US
Contents: Preface Introduction James G. Carrier PART I: ORIENTATIONS 1. Karl Polanyi Barry L. Isaac 2. Anthropology, Political Economy and World-System Theory J.S. Eades 3. Political Economy Don Robotham 4. Decisions and Choices: The Rationality of Economic Actors Sutti Oritz 5. Provisioning Susana Narotzky 6. Community and Economy: Economy's Base Stephen Gudeman PART II: ELEMENTS 7. Property Mark Busse 8. Labour E. Paul Durrenberger 9. Industrial Work Jonathan Parry 10. Money in Twentieth-century Anthropology Keith Hart 11. Finance 2.0 Bill Maurer 12. Distribution and Redistribution Thomas C. Patterson 13. Consumption Rudi Colloredo-Mansfeld PART III: CIRCULATION 14. Ceremonial Exchange: Debates and Comparisons Andrew Strathern and Pamela J. Stewart 15. Markets: Places, Principles and Integrations Kalman Applbaum 16. The Gift and Gift Economy Yunxiang Yan 17. One-way Economic Transfers Robert C. Hunt PART IV: INTEGRATIONS 18. Gender Maila Stivens 19. Environment and Economy Eric Hirsch 20. Culture and Economy Michael Blim 21. Economy and Religion Simon Coleman 22. Economies of Ethnicity Thomas Hylland Eriksen PART V: ISSUES 23. Economic Anthropology and Ethics Peter Luetchford 24. Households and their Markets in the Andes Enrique Mayer 25. Peasants Mark Harris 26. Economic Valuations and Environmental Policy Catherine Alexander 27. Anthropology and Development: The Uneasy Relationship David Lewis 28. The Informal Economy in Comparative Perspective Martha Alter Chen PART VI: REGIONS 29. South America Terry Roopnaraine 30. Africa South of the Sahara Mahir Saul 31. South Asia John Harriss 32. East Asia J.S. Eades 33. Towards an Economic Anthropology of Europe Valeria Siniscalchi PART VII: THE CRISIS 34. Oligarchy and State Capture: Soviet-style Mechanisms in Contemporary Finance Capitalism Don Kalb and Oane Visser 35. Anthropology - of the Financial Crisis Horacio Ortiz 36. Economic Crisis, 2008: What Happened, What Can be Learned About How and Why, What Could Happen Next Michael Blim 37. Terms of Debate versus Words in Circulation: Some Rhetorics of the Crisis Jane I. Guyer 38. The Financial Crisis and the History of Money Keith Hart Index