Economics (2016)

Video and audio

Alan Macfarlane – An introduction to economic anthropology

1. Production

2. Distribution

3. Exchange

4. Consumption

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Reading List

Bird-David, Nurit, Allen Abramson, Altman Jon, M. G. Bicchieri, Ernest S. Burch, Jr., Carol R. Ember, Kirk M. Endicott, et al. “Beyond “the Original Affluent Society”: A Culturalist Reformulation [and Comments and Reply].” Current Anthropology 33, no. 1 (1992): 25-47.

Carrier, James. Handbook of Economic Anthropology. 2 ed.: Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012.

Graeber, David. Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams.  New York: Palgrave, 2001.

Gregory, Chris. Gifts and Commodities.  London: Academic Press, 1982. (Introduction and Chapter 1)

Gudeman, Stephen, and Alberto Rivera. Conversations in Colombia – the Domestic Economy in Life and Text.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Hann, Chris, and Keith Hart. Economic Anthropology : History, Ethnography, Critique.  Cambridge: Polity, 2001.

Ho, Karen. Liquidated – an Ethnography of Wall Street.  Durham: Duke University Press, 2009.

Malinowski, Bronislaw. Argonauts of the Western Pacific (Ch. 3 on “Essentials of the Kula” and Ch.6 on “Tribal Economics”).  London: Routledge, 1922 (2002).

Mintz, Sidney. Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History.  New York: Penguin, 1986.

Polanyi, Karl. “The Economy as Instituted Process.” In Trade and Market in the Early Empires. Economies in History and Theory, edited by Karl Polanyi, C. Arensberg and H Pearson. New York: The Free Press, 1957.

Sahlins, Marshall. Stone Age Economics.  Chicago & New York: Aldine Atherton, 1972.

Further Reading

Sahlins, Marshall, Thomas Bargatzky, Nurit Bird-David, John Clammer, Jacques Hamel, Keiji Maegawa, and Jukka Siikala. "The Sadness of Sweetness: The Native Anthropology of Western Cosmology [and Comments and Reply]." Current Anthropology 37, no. 3 (1996): 395-428.