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The Contested Commons: Conversations between Economists and Anthropologists

Pranab Bardhan (Editor), Isha Ray (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-5716-2
304 pages
February 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Contested Commons explores the theme of common environmental resources from the dual perspectives of economics and anthropology, with a focus on developing countries.

* Contributed readings written by senior scholars in the fields of Economics, Anthropology, and Sociology

* Looks at the challenges of interdisciplinary work in the social sciences, illustrating the variation in approaches/methodology

* Focuses on economic security, ecological sustainability, identity formation, and participatory decision-making, particularly in the developing world
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This volume explores the possibilities and pitfalls of cross-disciplinary dialogue, primarily amongst economists and anthropologists, on foundational questions of methodology and epistemology. The theme of the local commons of local commons has been selected for this conversation, a topic that has been fertile ground for both these disciplines.

This volume will open up new discussions on, and opportunities for, cross-disciplinary research. There has been a surge of interest in interdisciplinary methods in recent years. The Contested Commons is mainly geared towards economists, anthropologists and sociologists; however, perhaps more so than many volumes on methodology, this book is as much about the philosophical foundations of the social sciences as it is about methods. Therefore it should also be of interest to students of the philosophy of knowledge
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Pranab Bardhan is Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley, and co-chair of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Network on the Effects of Inequality on Economic Performance. He has authored or edited a number of books, including Scarcity, Conflicts, and Cooperation (2005) and International Trade, Growth, and Development (Blackwell, 2003). He was Chief Editor of the Journal of Development Economics from 1985 to 2003.

Isha Ray is Assistant Professor in the Energy and Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley. She is an advisor to several water- and development-related organizations, and serves on the editorial committee of the Annual Review of Environment and Resources.
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  • Contributed readings written by senior scholars in the fields of Economics, Anthropology, and Sociology
  • Looks at the challenges of interdisciplinary work in the social sciences, illustrating the variation in approaches/methodology
  • Focuses on economic security, ecological sustainability, identity formation, and participatory decision-making, particularly in the developing world
See More
"I strongly agree with Gintis and do not hesitate to say that The Contested Commons is a welcome addition to the literature not only for the social sciences but also for the humanities and natural sciences. I recommend this book as a must read not only for all the social scientists, but also policy analysts and personnel involved in the planning process." (Journal of Natural Resources Policy Research, 1 October 2011)

 

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