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Economies and Cultures By Richard R Wilk

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This second edition contains an entirely new chapter on gifts and exchange as well as a thoroughly updated bibliography and guide for students for finding case studies in economic anthropology.
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Economies and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology by Richard R Wilk

This synthesis of modern economic anthropology goes to the heart of a thriving subdiscipline and identifies the fundamental practical and theoretical problems that give economic anthropology its unique strengths and vision.

More than any other anthropological subdiscipline, economic anthropology constantly questions and debates the practical motives of people as they go about their daily lives. Tracing the history of the dialogue between anthropology and economics, the authors move economic anthropology beyond the narrow concerns of earlier debates and place the field directly at the center of current issues in the social sciences. They focus on the unique strengths of economic anthropology as a meeting place for symbolic and materialist approaches and for understanding human beings as both practical and cultural. In so doing, the authors argue for the wider relevance of economic anthropology to applied anthropology and identify other avenues for interaction with economics, sociology, and other social and behavioral sciences.

The second edition of Economies and Cultures contains an entirely new chapter on gifts and exchange that critically approaches the new literature in this area, as well as a thoroughly updated bibliography and guide for students for finding case studies in economic anthropology.

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Economies and Cultures Reviews


"Thorough, thoughtful, accessible, original ... An excellent introduction to the field of economic anthropology for those who are not familiar with it; an equally excellent review for those who are." -Benjamin Orlove, University of California, Davis

About Richard R Wilk


Richard Wilk is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington, USA. Lisa Cliggett is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, USA.

Table of Contents


1 Economic Anthropology 2 Economics and the Problem of Human Nature 3 Self-Interest and Neoclassical Microeconomics 4 Social and Political Economy 5 The Moral Human: Cultural Economics 6 Gifts and Exchange 7 Conclusions: Complex Economic Human Beings

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GOR005751348
Economies and Cultures: Foundations of Economic Anthropology by Richard R Wilk
Richard R Wilk
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Taylor & Francis Inc
2007-01-02
252
0813343658
9780813343655
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