Economies and Cultures; Foundations of Economic Anthropology

Economies and Cultures; Foundations of Economic Anthropology

by Richard R Wilk, Lisa Cliggett
     
 

This text is the first synthesis of modern economic anthropology for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. It goes to the heart of an emerging subdiscipline and identifies the fundamental practical and theoretical problems that give economic anthropology its unique strengths and vision.Tracing the history of the dialogue between anthropology and

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This text is the first synthesis of modern economic anthropology for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. It goes to the heart of an emerging subdiscipline and identifies the fundamental practical and theoretical problems that give economic anthropology its unique strengths and vision.Tracing the history of the dialogue between anthropology and economics, Richard Wilk identifies three recurring arguments about human nature and the moral basis of human action. Modern economic anthropology, he says, emerges from the controversies and tensions between these radically different propositions about the essence of humanity. More than any other anthropological subdiscipline, economic anthropology constantly questions and debates the practical motives of people as they go about their daily lives.Wilk moves economic anthropology beyond the narrow concerns of earlier debates and places the field directly at the center of current issues in the social sciences. He focuses on the unique strengths of economic anthropology as a meeting place for symbolic and materialist approaches, and for understanding humanity as both practical and cultural. In doing so, he argues for the wider relevance of economic anthropology to applied anthropology and identifies other avenues for interaction with economics, sociology, and other social and natural sciences.This short text is designed to be used with monographs or collections as a core reading for economic anthropology courses. It will complement other texts in general sociocultural anthropology courses and in graduate core courses, and it will be a useful supplement in teaching ecological and applied anthropology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813320588
Publisher:
Westview Press
Publication date:
09/28/1996
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Figures
Preface
1Economic Anthropology: An Undisciplined Discipline1
Controversy and Social Science1
The Formalist-Substantivist Debate3
Economic Anthropology After the Great Debate13
2Economics and the Problem of Human Nature27
Defining the Economy28
Redefining Economic Anthropology34
3Self-Interest and Neoclassical Microeconomics43
The History of Self-Interest43
The Foundations of Modern Economics48
Neoclassical Microeconomics50
Critiques of Formal Economics64
4Social and Political Economy73
Social Humans73
Power and Politics75
Durkheim and the Social Organism77
Karl Marx: Putting Politics into the Economy83
Varieties of Social and Political Economy90
Summary: The Problems of Structure and Agency98
5The Moral Human: Cultural Economics103
Morals, Ideology, Symbols103
The Roots of Moral Economics106
The Question of Rationality and Culture120
Problems with Cultural Economics122
Cultural Economics, Round Two123
Summary: How Much Does Culture Determine?130
6Conclusions: Complex Economic Human Beings135
The Case of the Leaking Houses135
The Problem of Explaining Things137
Resolving the Fundamental Issues140
Rethinking Human Nature146
AppendixWhere to Look for More - Finding Literature in Economic Anthropology157
Bibliography165
About the Book and Author181
Index183

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