Co-published with Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA), this volume takes a unique approach to the study of economics. Rather than concentrating on a defined analytical unit, it explores economics from the interface. That is, it examines the various kinds of relationships that can exist among and within economic units in a community and beyond. The chapters treat the theme of the interface from four different perspectives: intracommunity interfaces, interfaces and the organization of communities, extracommunity interfaces, and the question of interfaces in archaeological investigations. The authors address various topics related to household economy, including the creation of different identities through shared labor, the dialectical relationship between global forces and local producers in structuring economic contexts, strategies that promote economic flexibility, and environmental adaptation.
David B. Small is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Lehigh University. Nicola Tannenbaum is Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Lehigh University.
chapter 1 Intracommunity Interfaces: A Brief Overview chapter 2 The Rise and Demise of a Cooperative in Sri Lanka: State Hegemony by Other Means chapter 3 The Artisan's Society of Santa Ana del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico: Household Competition and Cooperation Management chapter 4 Households, Gender, and Age Sets: Domestic Processes and Socioeconomic Organization Among the Samburu of Northern Kenya chapter 5 The Agrarian Household in Social and Political Context: An Examination of Andean Peasant Work Diaries chapter 6 Interfaces and the Organization of Communities: A Brief Overview chapter 7 At What Interface? Thongmakhsan in its Contexts chapter 8 Contemporary Seal Hunting Households: Trade Bans and Subsidies chapter 9 Sharing: The Adhesive that Binds Households in the Kalahari chapter 10 Extracommunity Interfaces: A Brief Overview chapter 11 The Changing Face of "One-Mouth": Export Promotion and New Forms of Household Labor in Northern Ghana chapter 12 Household Production for Global Markets: The Jepara (Indonesia) Woodworking Industries chapter 13 Archaeology of the Interface: A Brief Overview chapter 14 Household and Communities in Yaxcab, Yucatan, Mexico, 1750-1847 chapter 15 Flexibility in Multi-Household Social Units: A Case Study from Navajo Archaeology chapter 16 Some Conclusions