A Handbook Of Economic Anthropology by James G. Carrier

By James G. Carrier

For greater than a century, anthropologists have studied the commercial lives and associations of individuals around the globe. the result of their learn and mirrored image on financial system have usually stayed in the self-discipline and feature now not been to be had in an available shape to a broader readership. This significant reference e-book is meant to right this. This distinctive guide includes significant and necessary precis discussions of labor on financial strategies and concerns, and at the dating among monetary and non-economic parts of existence. in addition it describes conceptual orientations which are vital between monetary anthropologists, and offers summaries of key matters within the anthropological learn of financial existence in numerous areas of the realm. Its scope and accessibility make it precious either to those that have an interest in a selected subject and to people who are looking to see the breadth and fruitfulness of an anthropological examine of economics. Economists from a variety of fields and views - from heterodox to classical, and from business economics to monetary psychology and sociology - will locate a lot to interact them inside this fascinating guide, as will anthropologists interested in the numerous statements by way of senior figures within the box. these all for improvement initiatives will locate this a useful reference paintings with which to achieve better realizing of and perception into the explanations for people’s monetary actions and judgements. The concise remedies of themes will offer priceless educating aids and reference for additional studying via students in any respect degrees of research.

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That the debate could be cast in terms of humanists (substantivists) versus nomothetical scientists (formalists) reveals why it could not be resolved. In a nutshell, it involved philosophical issues that are larger than economic anthropology or even anthropology as a whole. The kinds of oppositions that structured the formalist–substantivist debate are irresolvable social science perennials. Tom Campbell (1981) delineated five of them: idealist–materialist, descriptive–normative, individualistic–holistic, conflict–consensus, positivist–interpretative.

Frank himself noted that the most rapid growth took place in Latin America in periods when relations with the United States were disrupted (Frank 1969: 325–6). The dependency approach was taken up and extended to the study of other regions, most notably in the work of Walter Rodney (1967) and Amin (1973) on Africa. However, it was soon noted that some economic development was taking place in colonies or former colonies in other parts of the world, and so theoretical revision was required (Worsley 1987: 77–8; compare Warren 1980).

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