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A Handbook of Economic Anthropology

A Handbook of Economic Anthropology

Elgar original reference

Edited by James G. Carrier

This unique Handbook contains substantial and invaluable summary discussions of work on economic processes and issues, and on the relationship between economic and non-economic areas of life. Furthermore it describes conceptual orientations that are important among economic anthropologists, and presents summaries of key issues in the anthropological study of economic life in different regions of the world. Its scope and accessibility make it useful both to those who are interested in a particular topic and to those who want to see the breadth and fruitfulness of an anthropological study of economics.

Introduction

Edited by James G. Carrier

Subjects: economics and finance, behavioural and experimental economics, economic psychology, methodology of economics, social policy and sociology, research methods in social policy, sociology and sociological theory

Extract

In the Introduction to the handbook I said that economic anthropologists generally see the economy as being the production, circulation and consumption of things. The chapters in Part II address different aspects of this sequence of activities. The part begins with a consideration of property, which is important in each of these stages. It then includes two chapters that deal with a central aspect of production, labour. Then follow two further related chapters, one on money and one on finance. This is followed by a consideration of forms of distribution, and then a consideration of forms of consumption. As is clear, this part does not address circulation as a distinct topic. This is because forms of circulation have long been a central concern of economic anthropologists, and indeed of anthropologists generally; so much so that the topic merits a part of its own, which follows this one. 109