×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Economies And Cultures: Foundations Of Economic Anthropology
     

Economies And Cultures: Foundations Of Economic Anthropology

by Richard R Wilk, Lisa Cliggett
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 0813320585

ISBN-13: 9780813320588

Pub. Date: 09/28/1996

Publisher: Avalon Publishing


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

Overview


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.

Product Details

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

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

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews