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Theory in Economic Anthropology : Society for Economic Anthropology Monograph - Jean Ensminger

Theory in Economic Anthropology

Society for Economic Anthropology Monograph

By: Jean Ensminger (Editor)

Paperback Published: December 2001
ISBN: 9780759102064
Number Of Pages: 336

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This new volume from the Society for Economic Anthropology examines the unique contributions of anthropologists to general economic theory. The authors challenge our understanding of human economies in the expanding global systems of interaction, with models and analyses from cross-cultural research. The book will be a valuable resource for anthropologists, economists, economic historians, political economists, and economic development specialists.

This outstanding book demonstrates the theoretical and empirical importance of economic anthropology for the twenty-first century. Ensminger and her colleagues combine the solid empirical work that anthropology is known for with innovative theoretical trends in economics. The work on institutions and social capital and on experimental economics is most notable to me. The book foreshadows a scientific contribution in these areas that will be very significant in the next decade. It is a pleasure to read the more empirical contributions, by established as well as junior scholars, which demonstate that economic anthropology remains solidly rooted in the tradition of careful, theoretically informed ethnography. This remarkable book should be read by a wide range of scholars and students interested in knowing how economic anthropology can advance social science in the twenty-first century.--Stuart Plattner, National Science Foundation

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Theory in Economic Anthropology at the Turn of the Centuryp. ix
The New Institutionalismp. 1
Property Rights and Incentives for Agricultural Growth: Women Farmers' Crop Control and Their Use of Agricultural Inputsp. 3
Transaction Cost Economics: Accomplishments, Problems, and Possibilitiesp. 27
Experimental Economics: A Powerful New Method for Theory Testing in Anthropologyp. 59
Rethinking Wealth, Exchange, and the Evolution of Social Institutionsp. 79
Commodity Flows and the Evolution of Complex Societiesp. 81
Economic Transfers and Exchanges: Concepts for Describing Allocationsp. 105
Polanyi and the Definition of Capitalismp. 119
Small Producers Interacting with the Wider Worldp. 135
Chayanov and Theory in Economic Anthropologyp. 137
Space, Place, and Economic Anthropology: Locating Potters in a Sri Lankan Landscapep. 155
Indians, Markets, and Transnational Studies in Mesoamerican Anthropology: Predicaments and Opportunitiesp. 183
Commodity Chains and the Formal/Informal Sector Distinctionp. 197
Transcending the Formal/Informal Distinction: Commercial Relations in Africa and Russia in the Post-1989 Worldp. 199
Commodity Chains and the International Secondhand Clothing Trade: Salaula and the Work of Consumption in Zambiap. 221
The Role for "Big Theory" in Economic Anthropologyp. 237
When Good Theories Go Bad: Theory in Economic Anthropology and Consumer Researchp. 239
Decision Making, Cultural Transmission, and Adaptation in Economic Anthropologyp. 251
Indexp. 296
About the Contributorsp. 313
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ISBN: 9780759102064
ISBN-10: 0759102066
Series: Society for Economic Anthropology Monograph
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: December 2001
Publisher: ALTA MIRA PR
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.45