Economic anthropology


Economic anthropology

A forum to discuss how economic anthropology might be regenerated by taking advantage of new social forms such as this one.

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Keith Hart on the human economy at MAD, New York, 29th November 7pm 3 Replies

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Anthropology of finance 10 Replies

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The story of the crash (and what to do about it) 19 Replies

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Comment by Erik Bähre on February 22, 2015 at 12:53pm

Dear Mustafiz, maybe it is worth having a look at this article of mine where I examine the economic logic of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in South Africa. At the same time, as you will see, I argue that neoliberalism is not the issue, at least not in South Africa, but rather large-scale redistribution:">

Comment by Mustafiz on February 22, 2015 at 12:53am

Does anybody have Talal Asad's article "The concept of rationality in economic anthropology''? If yes, please mail me the article in

Comment by Mustafiz on February 22, 2015 at 12:48am

I was wondering if it would be possible to study a religious institution as an economic institution? As religious institutions like seminaries, madrasas  are economically dependent on the neoliberal state, the negotiations of these institutions with the state on economic matters makes it a site worth exploring. Don't you think so? 

I thought I would ask this question because I sensed that the current practices of ethnography from an economic anthropologist's perspective seem to only concentrate on economic institutions like industries, financial institutions etc. but not religious institutions (I might be wrong, I have been exposed to economic anthropology this semester only). If that is so, why?

Comment by Johannes Castner on October 17, 2011 at 10:03pm
Thank you Keith, I actually just bought your book on Amazon!
Comment by Keith Hart on October 17, 2011 at 9:53pm
Welcome, Johannes. I also often find the boundaries between disciplines limiting. But I recently co-wrote a book called Economic Anthropology, not in order to draw a tight circle around it, but to explore the space where anthropology and economics meet and find kinship with similar hybrids like economic sociology, economic history and so on. I have posted a table of contents and the introductory chapter at the top just below the logo for this group, in case you or anyone else want to find out how I would approach this field.
Comment by Johannes Castner on October 17, 2011 at 9:43pm
Actually, Karl Paul Polanyi was a great Economic Anthropologist; I guess I missed him in my first comment.
Comment by Johannes Castner on October 17, 2011 at 9:11pm
I always found it peculiar why there were four separate fields, studying essentially the same, or extremely similar questions: Anthropology, Sociology, Economics and Political Science, albeit the methods (and ideologies) that they use are very dissimilar. One could add to this Ethology, Human Ecology, Social Psychology and a dozen other quasi-fields, to further muddy the waters.  The social scientists, whose works I have come to admire the most, however, have always transcended these categories. They have been Sociological/Anthropological Economists, like the great Amartya Sen, Political Sociologists like John Elster, or Economic Sociologists, like Peter Bearman.  However, I have honestly never come across an Economic Anthropologist before; and here is a whole group that claims to be of this tradition! As I have studied both Cultural Anthropology (regrettably mostly, but not only, of the post-modern variety) and Economics (regrettably mostly, but not only, of the neo-liberalist variety) as an undergraduate student, I suppose I should fit in?
Comment by Vikram Das on October 11, 2011 at 5:31pm

hello sir ...


i am doing anthropological study on informal female embroidery workers .in the context of informal sector ... so advise me

Comment by Joshua Smith on June 10, 2011 at 9:52pm

This is interesting and I think speaks to the point I am making about the possibility of Indigenous perspectives being able to penetrate the large ideologically driven insitutions such as the UN, IMF or World Bank. Here is the article on Bolivia's new law regarding the Rights of Mother Earth on par with those of humans.Yet these political movements, the result of immense grassroots and collaborative engagements, are ignored and dismissed by the UN as they do not fit well within their ideologies of progress, where the 'rights' discourse is one that is more acceptable when it is in the sphere of the more commonly accepted meanings associated with liberal imperialism and cultural imperialism (if you prefer). This would be a powerful move here in Canada, but communities that are oppose mining and the kinds of dirty development that are still being forced by companies like Teseko mines here in BC on Tshilqot'in land against their wishes, will get you on a terrorist watch list (see the article I posted in my previous post) in Canada- numerous First Nations communities are on a terrorist watch list for opposing governemnt backed development projects that would destroy most of their lands.



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