The Anthropology of Economy: Community, Market, and Culture
October 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Community, Market, and Culture.
2. Economy at the Base.
3. Sharing the Base.
4. The Great Estate: Power, Extraction, and Expansion.
5. Reciprocity and the Gift: Extending the Base.
6. Trade and Profit.
7. Profit on the Small.
8. Realms and Dialectics: Values in Production, Trade, and Use.
9. Political Economy Today.
- Using an anthropological perspective, offers a new comparative model of economy.
Demonstrates how all economies are made up of both markets & communal life.
Using 60-70 examples from historical and contemporary cross-cultural contexts, shows how financial profit and capital are dependent on social relationships.
- Argues that reciprocity is the result of community-not its foundation.
"A stimulating rethinking of anthropology's contribution to our
understanding of economics. Clear and original, this highly
readable book will disturb many people's habits of thought as well
as expand & enrich them. In it, Gudeman shows how the economy
is embedded in human life and society, and how it builds on
community and the commons, as much as on individuality and the
market. A signal contribution." Fredrik Barth, University of
Oslo and Boston University
"Given the clarity of the prose and the accessibility of the
ideas, this book would make for an excellent textbook for an
economic anthropology class. Indeed, it is hard to think of a
textbook that compares. But the book is much more than this. It is
clearly intended as a liberating framework within which
anthropologists and fieldworkers can rethink economic issues in a
much broader way." The Australian Journal of
"This is an important work, synthesizing a substantial body of anthropological and economic thought into a coherent whole." James G. Carrier, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute