A group of distinguished anthropologists and economists discuss the value attached to material objects by different cultures. The authors consider the sacred nature of objects that are exchanged between individuals, the value and power of markets, money, and credit, and the ways in which contemporary people bestow symbolic value on objects or individuals. With its emphasis on the interplay of cultural and economic values, this volume will be a great resource for economists and economic anthropologists.
Cynthia Werner is assistant professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University. Duran Bell is professor in the departments of economics and anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.
Part 2 Acknowledgements Part 3 Introduction: Values and Valuables: From the Sacred to the Symbolic Part 4 PART I: The Power of the Sacred Chapter 5 Chapter 1: What Mauss Did Not Say : Some Things You Give, Some Things You Sell, but Some Things You Must Keep Chapter 6 Chapter 2: "Keeping for Giving" and "Giving for Keeping": Value, Hierarchy, and the Inalienable in Yap Chapter 7 Chapter 3: The Engendering of Ceremonial Knowledge Between (and Among) Warlpiri Women and Men in the Australian Central Desert Part 8 PART II: Markets, Money, and Power Chapter 9 Chapter 4: Conceptions of Capitalism: Godelier and Keynes Chapter 10 Chapter 5: Little Tubes of Mighty Power: How Clay Tobacco Pipes From Port Royal, Jamaica, Reflect Socioeconomic Change in Seventeenth-Century English Culture and Society Chapter 11 Chapter 6: The Dominance of the Cowry Relative to the Franc in West Africa Chapter 12 Chapter 7: Ties that Dissolve and Bind: Competing Currencies, Prestige and Politics in Early Twentieth Century China Chapter 13 Chapter 8: Crafts, Gifts and Capital: Negotiating Credit and Exchange in the Northern Philippines Chapter 14 Chapter 9: Locating the Cultural Context of Credit: Institutional Alternatives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Part 15 PART III: Contemporary Valuables and Symbolic Values Chapter 16 Chapter 10: Inalienable Wealth in North American Households Chapter 17 Chapter 11: Virtual Antiquities, Consumption Values, and the Cultural Heritage Economy in a Costa Rican Artisan Community Chapter 18 Chapter 12: Women's Fashion Magazines: People, Things and Values Chapter 19 Chapter 13: Numbered Days, Valued Lives: Statistics, Shopping and the Commodification of People Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Authors