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The main focus of the volume - the processes of choice and decision-making in different economic systems - offers exceptional scope for the convergence of economic and anthropological perspectives. It concentrates on transactions that both express and influence social relationships and values. Covering a wide geographic area there are specific studies on societies in Equatorial Africa, Colombia, South India and the Balkans. First published in 1967.
Includes contributions; R.W. Firth - Themes in economic anthropology; a general comment; L. Joy One economists view of the relationship between economics and anthropology; R. Frankenberg Economic anthropology; one anthropologists view; P.S. Cohen - Economic analysis and economic man; some comments on a controversy; M. Douglas Primitive rationing; a study in controlled exchange; F. Barth - Economic spheres in Darfur; L. Joy An economic homologue of Barths presentation of economic spheres in Darfur; S. Ortiz - The structure of decision making among Indians of Colombia; S. Epstein - Productive efficiency and customary systems of rewards in rural south India; L. Baric - Traditional groups and new economic opportunities in rural Yugoslavia; material derived from A.S.A. sponsored conference on economic anthropology held at Oxford, June 1965.
This book examines the economy of sharing in a variety of social and political contexts around the world, with consideration given to the role of sharing in relation to social order and social change, political power, group formation, individual networks and concepts of personhood. Widlok advocates a refreshingly broad comparative approach to our understanding of sharing, with a rich range of material from hunter-gatherer ethnography alongside debates and empirical illustrations from globalized society, helping students to avoid Western economic bias in their thinking. Anthropology and the Economy of Sharing also demonstrates that sharing is distinct from gift-giving, exchange and reciprocity, which have become dominant themes in economic anthropology, and suggests that a new focus on sharing will have significant repercussions for anthropological theory. Breaking new ground in this key topic, this volume provides students with a coherent and accessible overview of the economy of sharing from an anthropological perspective.

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