1. Edition February 2011
208 Pages, Hardcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd
This book is a new introduction to the history and practice of economic anthropology by two leading authors in the field. They show that anthropologists have contributed to understanding the three great questions of modern economic history: development, socialism and one-world capitalism. In doing so, they connect economic anthropology to its roots in Western philosophy, social theory and world history.
Up to the Second World War anthropologists tried and failed to interest economists in their exotic findings. They then launched a vigorous debate over whether an approach taken from economics was appropriate to the study of non-industrial economies. Since the 1970s, they have developed a critique of capitalism based on studying it at home as well as abroad.
The authors aim to rejuvenate economic anthropology as a humanistic project at a time when the global financial crisis has undermined confidence in free market economics. They argue for the continued relevance of predecessors such as Marcel Mauss and Karl Polanyi, while offering an incisive review of recent work in this field.
Economic Anthropology is an excellent introduction for social science students at all levels, and it presents general readers with a challenging perspective on the world economy today.
Selected by Choice as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title
Chapter 1 Introduction: Economic Anthropology
Chapter 2 Economy from the Ancient World to the Age of the Internet
Chapter 3 The Rise of Modern Economics and Anthropology
Chapter 4 The Golden Age of Economic Anthropology
Chapter 5 After the Formalist D Substantivist Debate
Chapter 6 Unequal Development
Chapter 7 Socialism, Postsocialism and Reform Socialism
Chapter 8 One-world Capitalism
Chapter 9 Where Do We Go From Here?
Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
"Both authors draw on their considerable ethnographicexperience to offer a rich run-through of economic anthropology,and trace its intersection between the primary disciplines ofeconomics and anthropology and against thematic currents such asMarxism and feminism."
LSEReview of Books
"Educational and intellectually stimulating, it willbenefit both economic sociologists and economists."
Revue Française de Socio-économie
"Offers a methodological and analytic platform which couldmake this field more relevant for policy making, create a morefruitful dialogue with economics, economic sociology and history,and make scholarly work more accessible to the wider public."
European Economic Sociology Newsletter
"Hann and Hart offer the most sophisticated history ofeconomic anthropology that I have seen. Using a humanisticperspective, their descriptions of the 'prehistory' of economicanthropology and of the socialist and postsocialist eras are neatlyjoined to an account of research in the twentieth century."
Stephen Gudeman, University of Minnesota
"Now that neoliberal economic theories are becoming asdiscredited as state-socialist ones, Chris Hann and Keith Hart setout the case for 'human economics' focused on addressing both themoral and material needs of humanity - market as well asnon-market. This is a brilliantly executed work which breathes newlist into both disciplines - Anthropology and Economics. At a timewhen national and global economic thinking and policies seemmoribund, this intervention could not be timlier."
Don Robotham, City University of New York
Keith Hart is Professor Emeritus at Goldsmiths, University of London