A Research Agenda for Economic Anthropology
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A Research Agenda for Economic Anthropology

Edited by James G. Carrier

The financial crisis and its economic and political aftermath have changed the ways that many anthropologists approach economic activities, institutions and systems. This insightful volume presents important elements of this change. With topics ranging from the relationship of states and markets to the ways that anthropologists’ political preferences and assumptions harm their work, the book presents cogent statements by younger and established scholars of how existing research areas can be extended and the new avenues that ought to be pursued.
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Chapter 7: Mobilisation, activism and economic alternatives

Valeria Siniscalchi


This chapter analyses different kinds of mobilisations, from open protest emerging in situations of conflict to less visible and more diffused forms of mobilisation or experimentation, using the tools of economic anthropology. Occupied factories, protests against mortgage foreclosures, the Slow Food movement and other cases of food activism: these phenomena, distant from one another both geographically and in terms of their immediate goals, express disagreement with the dominant system or one of its parts, attempting to resist, oppose or modify that system. The spaces of experimentation created by these forms of resistance or alternative economics are able to produce new social, political and economic imaginations, and new social configurations. Analysing forms of mobilisation, their scales of action and the networks they create, is an excellent way to interpret contemporary economic and political reconfigurations.

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