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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

I said in the Introduction to this handbook that economic anthropology, like the discipline as a whole, tends to be fragmented into sets of scholars working on different regions of the world. The relatively brief chapters in this final part present the main themes that are important in selected ethnographic regions, and comparing them shows how much divergence in interest exists within the sub-discipline. These being relatively short chapters, they are not intended as thorough overviews of work in the different regions. Rather, they are offered as introductions to the central topics and writings in each, which should help provide a foundation for those interested in reading more deeply in regional literature. 489