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Author Gudeman, Stephen F.

Title The anthropology of economy : community, market, and culture / Stephen Gudeman.

Published Malden, MA : Blackwell, 2001.


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Physical description pages cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Community, Market, and Culture 1 -- Values of Economy 5 -- Two Transaction Realms 9 -- Commensuration: Panama in the 1960s 12 -- Separations and Dialectics: Other Perspectives 15 -- From Community to Globalization 20 -- 2 Economy at the Base 25 -- Common Constructions 34 -- Situated Reason 38 -- Self-sufficiency 43 -- A Fragmented World 47 -- 3 Sharing the Base 52 -- Allotment 53 -- From Stock to Flow 55 -- Apportionment 56 -- Reallocating the Base 57 -- Sharing and Social Value 58 -- Reapportionment and Exchange Rates: Aristotle's Solution 60 -- Managing Generosity at Home 63 -- 4 Great Estate: Power, Extraction, and Expansion 68 -- Models and Historical Change 69 -- Self-sufficiency, Rations, and Reason 75 -- Contemporary Estates 78 -- 5 Reciprocity and the Gift: Extending the Base 80 -- Genealogies of the Gift 81 -- Extending and Retracting the Base 86 -- Sister-Exchange 90 -- Badge of Society 92 -- 6 Trade and Profit 94 -- Trade Domain 94 -- Puzzle of Profit 97 -- A Theory of Profit 102 -- Accumulation 104 -- 7 Profit on the Small 110 -- A Potter's Profit 110 -- Innovation in Groups 113 -- Extending the Base and Profit 116 -- Profit, Base, and Capital 117 -- 8 Realms and Dialectics: Values in Production, Trade, and Use 121 -- From Base to Base: Transforming Objects, Relationships, and Trade 122 -- From Base to Capital: Appropriation, Production, Trade 126 -- From Capital to Base: Resilience and Resistance 132 -- Trade Within the Base: Circuits and Budgets 133 -- Base in Trade 137 -- 9 Political Economy Today 144 -- Innovating Relations 146 -- Rationality of Capitalism and Socialism 149 -- Questions Today 155.
Summary Recent, dramatic changes in local and global economies have profoundly affected the lives of millions and have demanded that students of economy rethink their analytical approaches. In The Anthropology of Economy, noted anthropologist Stephen Gudeman presents a model and lexicon for thinking about and discussing "things economic."
This book illustrates that, across cultures, economy can be understood as a combination of both community and market forces. Drawing from the work of anthropologists, as well as that of economists, sociologists, historians, geographers, feminists, and post-Marxists, Gudeman presents an anthropological approach to economy that highlights the centrality of communal processes in the market. His inclusion of more than fifty cross-cultural examples from historical and contemporary contexts will clearly demonstrate to readers the significance of this distinctive model.
Ultimately, The Anthropology of Economy furnishes readers with a new language for discussing and reconceptualizing vital contemporary issues: including the emergence and distribution of profit, the effects of expanding capital on marginalized people and the environment, and our shifting identities in response to the growth of global markets.
Subject Economic anthropology.
Economic history.
Globalization -- Economic aspects.
Marginality, Social -- Economic aspects.
ISBN 0631225668 (alk. paper)
0631225676 (paperback: alk. paper)