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- DescriptionComparative and critical, Anthropology and Ecomy offers a uniquely cross-cultural view of ecomy. Using examples from market and n-market situations, the book shows how ecomies are built on five increasingly abstract spheres, from the house to community, commerce, finance, and meta-finance. Across these spheres, ecomy incorporates a tension between self-interested rationality and the mutuality of social relationships. Even when rational processes predominate, as in markets, ecomies rely on sociability and ritual to operate, whether as cronyism, pleas to divinities or the magical persuasions of advertising. Drawing on data and concepts from anthropology and ecomics, the book addresses wealth inequality, resource depletion, and environmental devastation especially in capitalism, providing an understanding of their persistence and ideas for controlling them. Given the recent financial crash, Gudeman offers a different understanding of the crisis and suggestions for achieving greater ecomic stability.
- Author BiographyStephen F. Gudeman is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota.
- Author(s)Stephen F. Gudeman
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication07/01/2016
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Series TitleNew Departures in Anthropology
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note11 b/w illus.
- Weight500 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine15 mm
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