Cooperation in Economy and Society

Cooperation in Economy and Society

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by Robert C. Marshall
     
 

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The essays in the book analyze cases of cooperation in a wide range of ethnographic, archaeological and evolutionary settings. Cooperation is examined in situations of market exchange, local and long-distance reciprocity, hierarchical relations, common property and commons access, and cooperatives. Not all of these analyses show stable and long-term results of

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The essays in the book analyze cases of cooperation in a wide range of ethnographic, archaeological and evolutionary settings. Cooperation is examined in situations of market exchange, local and long-distance reciprocity, hierarchical relations, common property and commons access, and cooperatives. Not all of these analyses show stable and long-term results of successful cooperation. The increasing cooperation that is so highly characteristic of our species over the long term obviously has replaced neither competition in the short term nor hierarchical structures that reduce competition in the mid term. Interactions based on strategies of cooperation, competition, and hierarchy are all found, simultaneously, in human social relations.

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Paul Durrenberger
Shall we base our notions of humanity on the limited cultural constructs and religious ideology of one time period, one political-economic system, one system of thought represented by economics? Or shall we free ourselves of these mental and ideological shackles to explore the realities beyond these assumptions? The empirical studies of ethnographic, archaeological, and even the evolutionary fossil record show why we should transcend the imprisonment of the mind that assumes that market-like relations define humanity and even all of nature. This book provides an impressive range of studies across the spectrum of anthropology that illustrate the centrality of cooperation in human relations. The various papers address ways to understand cooperation among individuals, how both hierarchic and more egalitarian organizations solve the problems of their members, the performance of cooperative institutions in difficult economic times, and the regulation of access to common property resources. The strength of the work is its focus on fine-grained empirical work rather than ideologically based assumptions. With its feet on the ground, this book does much to move economic thought toward reality.
Anthropology Of Work Review
This book champions research on cooperation... Although it never left us in practice, social thinkers are increasingly realizing cooperation does not belong on the sidelines, used only to help pick up the pieces where competition fails. It is starting to take its rightful place alongside competition in the center of the field. Cooperation in Economy and Society is part of this realization.
Anthropology of Work Review
This book champions research on cooperation... Although it never left us in practice, social thinkers are increasingly realizing cooperation does not belong on the sidelines, used only to help pick up the pieces where competition fails. It is starting to take its rightful place alongside competition in the center of the field. Cooperation in Economy and Society is part of this realization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759119833
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
11/16/2010
Series:
Society for Economic Anthropology Monograph Series
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
318
File size:
567 KB

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Robert C. Marshall is professor of anthropology at Western Washington University.

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Cooperation in Economy and Society 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What are we? <br> We are a gang of thieves, assassins, and mischief-makers. We are outlaws. <p> What are the missions? <br> Any job that the leader thinks you would be good at accomplishing. <p> What is the punishement for failing a mission? <br> Severe injuring. You will not die, but will be weak for a while. <p> What about food? <br> You will be expected to find your own food unless times are tough. <p> RULES <br> Always obey the leader's orders <br> No godmodding <br> Keep our location a 'secret'. Don't tell everyone you know but spread the word. <br> Don't give your loyalties to an outsider. <br> Traitors are to be killed. <br> Try not to die, but you won't be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Uh, let's wait until we're back in Ponyville. So nobody gets suspiscious. *They turn away and run back to Ponyville.*