ISBN-10:
0813343658
ISBN-13:
2900813343654
Pub. Date:
12/12/2006
Publisher:
Westview Press
Economies and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology / Edition 2

Economies and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology / Edition 2

by Richard R Wilk
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ISBN-13: 2900813343654
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 12/12/2006
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Richard R. Wilk is professor of anthropology and gender studies at Indiana University.

Lisa C. Cliggett is associate professor of anthropology at the University of Kentucky.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations and Figures     vii
Preface to the Second Edition     ix
Economic Anthropology: An Undisciplined Discipline     1
Controversy and Social Science     1
The Formalist-Substantivist Debate     3
Economic Anthropology After the Great Debate     15
Can There Be a Conclusion?     27
Notes     27
Economics and the Problem of Human Nature     31
Defining the Economy     32
Redefining Economic Anthropology     39
Notes     46
Self-Interest and Neoclassical Microeconomics     49
Adam Smith and the Birth of Western Economics     50
The Foundations of Modern Economics     54
Neoclassical Microeconomics     56
Critiques of Formal Economics     72
Summary: Reconciling Self-Interest and Selflessness     78
Notes     79
Social and Political Economy     83
Social Humans     83
Power and Politics     85
Durkheim and the Social Organism     87
Karl Marx: Putting Politics into the Economy     94
Varieties of Social and Political Economy     102
Summary: The Problems of Structure and Agency     112
Notes     113
The Moral Human: Cultural Economics     117
Morals, Ideology, Symbols     117
The Roots of Moral Economics     121
The Question of Rationality and Culture     136
Problems with Cultural Economics     138
Cultural Economics, Round Two     139
Summary: How Much Does Culture Determine?     147
Notes     149
Gifts and Exchange     153
Three Analyses of Potlatching     156
But What Is a Gift?     158
Linking Mauss and Marx     160
Reciprocity and Gifting     161
Accumulating Value in the Gift     164
Beyond Value     165
Mutual Recognition and the Gift     168
Conclusions     171
Note     175
]Conclusions: Complex Economic Human Beings     177
The Case of the Leaking Houses     177
The Problem of Explaining Things     179
Resolving the Fundamental Issues     182
Rethinking Human Nature     189
Conclusions     196
Notes     197
Where to Look for More-Finding Literature in Economic Anthropology     199
Bibliography      209
Index     229

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