Theory in Economic Anthropology [NOOK Book]

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This new volume from the Society for Economic Anthropology examines the unique contributions of anthropologists to general economic theory. Editor Jean Ensminger and other contributors challenge our understanding of human economies in the expanding global systems of interaction, with models and analyses from cross-cultural research. They examine a broad range of theoretical concerns from the new institutionalism, debates about wealth, exchange, and the evolution of social institutions, the relationship between ...
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Overview

This new volume from the Society for Economic Anthropology examines the unique contributions of anthropologists to general economic theory. Editor Jean Ensminger and other contributors challenge our understanding of human economies in the expanding global systems of interaction, with models and analyses from cross-cultural research. They examine a broad range of theoretical concerns from the new institutionalism, debates about wealth, exchange, and the evolution of social institutions, the relationship between small producers and the wider world, the role of commodity change and the formal/informal sector, and the role of big theory. The book will be a valuable resource for anthropologists, economists, economic historians, political economists, and economic development specialists. Published in cooperation with the Society for Economic Anthropology. Visit their web page.
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Meet the Author

Jean Ensminger is Professor of Anthropology at the California Institute of Technology, who carries out research in the new institutional economics, rational choice theory, experimental economics, and economic development.
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Table of Contents


Chapter 1 Introduction: Theory in Economic Anthropology at the Turn of the Century
Chapter 2
Chapter I: The New Institutionalism
Chapter 3
Chapter 1: Property Rights and Incentives for Agricultural Growth: Women Farmer's Crop Control and their Use of Agricultural Inputs
Chapter 4
Chapter 2: Transaction Cost Economics: Accomplishments, Problems and Possibilities
Chapter 5
Chapter 3: Experimental Economics: A Powerful New Method for Theory Testing in Anthropology
Chapter 6
Chapter II: Rethinking Wealth, Exchange, and the Evolution of Social Institutions
Chapter 7
Chapter 4: Commodity Flows and the Evolution of Complex Societies
Chapter 8
Chapter 5: Economic Transfers and Exchanges: Concepts for Describing Allocations
Chapter 9
Chapter 6: Polanyi and the Definition of Capitalism
Chapter 10
Chapter III: Small Producers Interacting with the Wider World
Chapter 10
Chapter 7: Chayanov and Theory in Economic Anthropology
Chapter 11
Chapter 8: Space, Place, and Economic Anthropology: Locating Potters in a Sri Lankan Landscape
Chapter 12
Chapter 9: Indians, Markets, and Transnational Studies in Mesoamerican Anthropology: Predicaments and Opportunities
Chapter 14
Chapter IV: Commodity Chains and the Formal/Informal Sector Distinction
Chapter 15
Chapter 10: Transcending the Formal/Informal Distinction: Commercial Relations in Africa and Russia in the Post-1989 World
Chapter 16
Chapter 11: Commodity Chains and the International Secondhand Clothing Trade: Salaula and the Work of Consumption in Zambia
Chapter 18
Chapter V: The Role for Big Theory in Economic Anthropology
Chapter 19
Chapter 12: When Good Theories Go Bad: Theory in Economic Anthropology and Consumer Research
Chapter 19
Chapter 13: Decision-Making, Cultural Transmission and Adaptation in Economic Anthropology
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