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 8: Ethical economic practice

Andreas Streinzer

Abstract

This chapter calls for a renewed focus on questions of value, distribution and fairness in economic anthropology. It revisits literature on ethical consumption, corporate social responsibility and solidarity economies and contrasts it with ethical economic practice from the Right. It claims that regressive value mobilisations are on the rise and calls for an analytic reorientation to make sense of their claims on things economic. It proposes three elements of such a reorientation: (1) a stress on ambivalence and everyday politics of value mobilisations, (2) a comparative and contrastive approach on ethical economic practices, and (3) a historical sensibility to explore genealogies and distant histories of how the economic and the political have been related to one another. The chapter proposes to engage with other sub-disciplines such as feminist anthropology and the anthropology of race to build alliances for understanding changing moral economies.

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