Gambling Debt: Iceland's Rise and Fall in the Global Economy by University Press of Colorado (Paperback, 2014)
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- DescriptionGambling Debt is a game-changing contribution to the discussion of ecomic crises and neoliberal financial systems and strategies. Iceland's 2008 financial collapse was the first case in a series of meltdowns, a warning of danger in the global order. This full-scale anthropology of financialization and the ecomic crisis broadly discusses this momentous bubble and burst and places it in theoretical, anthropological, and global historical context through descriptions of the complex developments leading to it and the larger social and cultural implications and consequences. Chapters from anthropologists, sociologists, historians, ecomists, and key local participants focus on the neoliberal policies-mainly the privatization of banks and fishery resources-that concentrated wealth among a select few, skewed the distribution of capital in a way that Iceland had never experienced before, and plunged the country into a full-scale ecomic crisis. Gambling Debt significantly raises the level of understanding and debate on the issues relevant to financial crises, painting a portrait of the meltdown from many points of view-from bankers to schoolchildren, from fishers in coastal villages to the urban poor and immigrants, and from artists to philosophers and other intellectuals. This book is for anyone interested in financial troubles and neoliberal politics as well as students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, ecomics, philosophy, political science, business, and ethics. Publication supported in part by the National Science Foundation. Contributors: Vilhjalmur Arnason, Asmundur Asmundsson, Jon Gunnar Bernburg, James Carrier, Sigurlina Davidsdottir, Dimitra Doukas, Niels Einarsson, Einar Mar Gudmundsson, Tinna Gretarsdottir, Birna Gunnlaugsdottir, Gudny S. Gudbjornsdottir, Pamela Joan Innes, Gudni Th. Johannesson, Orn D. Jonsson, Hannes Larusson, Kristin Loftsdottir, James Maguire, Mar Wolfgang Mixa, Evelyn Pinkerton, Hulda Proppe, James G. Rice, Rognvaldur J. Saemundsson, Unnur Dis Skaptadottir, Margaret Willson
- Author BiographyE. Paul Durrenberger is emeritus professor of anthropology from the University of Iowa and Penn State University and recipient of the Society for Applied Anthropology's Malinowski Award for 2014. He has done fieldwork in tribal and peasant areas of Thailand, Iceland, and the United States and has published a number of academic papers and books, including The Anthropological Study of Class and Consciousness and The Anthropology of Labor Unions (both UPC). Gisli Palsson is professor of anthropology at the University of Iceland and visiting professor at King's College, London. He is Honorary Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland and recipient of the 2000 Rosenstiel Award from the University of Miami. Among his books is Anthropologies of Life: Nature, Culture and Society (forthcoming).
- PublisherUniversity Press of Colorado
- Date of Publication01/12/2014
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Place of PublicationColorado
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity Press of Colorado
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight455 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Edited byE. Paul Durrenberger,Gisli Palsson
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