A Handbook Of Economic Anthropology (Elgar Original by James G. Carrier

By James G. Carrier

For greater than a century, anthropologists have studied the commercial lives and associations of individuals world wide. the result of their learn and mirrored image on economic climate have quite often stayed in the self-discipline and feature now not been to be had in an obtainable shape to a broader readership. This significant reference e-book is meant to right this. This designated guide includes enormous and important precis discussions of labor on financial tactics and concerns, and at the dating among monetary and non-economic parts of lifestyles. moreover it describes conceptual orientations which are very important between financial anthropologists, and provides summaries of key concerns within the anthropological examine of financial existence in numerous areas of the area. Its scope and accessibility make it helpful either to those that have an interest in a selected subject and to people who are looking to see the breadth and fruitfulness of an anthropological examine of economics. Economists from quite a lot of fields and views - from heterodox to classical, and from commercial economics to financial psychology and sociology - will locate a lot to have interaction them inside of this intriguing guide, as will anthropologists interested in the numerous statements by way of senior figures within the box. these all in favour of improvement initiatives will locate this a useful reference paintings with which to achieve higher realizing of and perception into the explanations for people’s financial actions and judgements. The concise remedies of issues will supply valuable educating aids and reference for additional studying through students in any respect degrees of analysis.

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In short, such an economy is ‘a sequence of acts of economizing, that is, of choices induced by scarcity situations’ (1957: 247), and so is amenable to analysis by ‘formal economics’. All economies have mechanisms of distribution, but only market (capitalist) economies are integrated (primarily) through ‘exchange’ on price-setting markets. All earlier economies were integrated, instead, mainly through reciprocity and redistribution, even if they had marketplaces. ‘Reciprocity denotes movements between correlative points of symmetrical groupings; redistribution designates appropriational movements toward a center and out of it again; exchange refers here to vice-versa movements … between “hands” under a market system’ (Polanyi 1957: 250).

Generally this is another illustration of the way in which late arrivals in economic development are able to absorb the latest technology and leap-frog the established leaders. Extending world-system analysis The work of Frank and Gills (1993) on the date of the origins of the worldsystem, mentioned above, has led to other interesting possibilities for worldsystems analysis. If the world-system developed long before the capitalist period, then pre-capitalist and non-capitalist world-systems are also theoretically possible.

These rise and fall over time, so that the core moves over time. Since the start of international maritime trade in Europe, the core has been centred on Spain and Portugal, followed by Holland and England, and more recently by the United States. The states in the periphery are poorer, less advanced technologically, and their economies are often based on the export of raw materials. In between the core and the periphery lies the semiperiphery. This consists of states which are poor relative to the core but which are capable of making the transition to core status if the conditions are right.

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