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Stone age economics

Author: Marshall Sahlins
Publisher: Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge Classics, 2017.
Series: Routledge classics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Since its first publication over forty years ago Marshall Sahlins's Stone Age Economics has established itself as a classic of modern anthropology and arguably one of the founding works of anthropological economics. Ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively, Sahlins radically revises traditional views of the hunter-gatherer and so-called primitive societies, revealing them to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Sahlins, Marshall, 1930-
Stone age economics.
Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge Classics, 2017
(DLC) 2017009801
(OCoLC)976423730
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marshall Sahlins
ISBN: 9781315184951 1315184958 9781351732680 1351732684
OCLC Number: 984992967
Description: 1 online resource (xxx, 345 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The original affluent society --
The domestic mode of production : the structure of underproduction --
The domestic mode of production : intensification of production --
The spirit of the gift --
On the sociology of primitive exchange --
Exchange value and the diplomacy of primitive trade.
Series Title: Routledge classics.
Responsibility: Marshall Sahlins ; with a new foreword by David Graeber.

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Since its first publication over forty years ago Marshall Sahlins's Stone Age Economics has established itself as a classic of modern anthropology and arguably one of the founding works of anthropological economics. Ambitiously tackling the nature of economic life and how to study it comparatively, Sahlins radically revises traditional views of the hunter-gatherer and so-called primitive societies, revealing them to be the original "affluent society." Sahlins examines notions of production, distribution and exchange in early communities and examines the link between economics and cultural and social factors. A radical study of tribal economies, domestic production for livelihood, and of the submission of domestic production to the material and political demands of society at large, Stone Age Economics regards the economy as a category of culture rather than behaviour, in a class with politics and religion rather than rationality or prudence. Sahlins concludes, controversially, that the experiences of those living in subsistence economies may actually have been better, healthier and more fulfilled than the millions enjoying the affluence and luxury afforded by the economics of modern industrialisation and agriculture. This Routledge Classics edition includes a new foreword by David Graeber, London School of Economics.

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"Sahlins' forays into economic anthropology are full of interest." Cyril S. Belshaw, American Anthropologist"Stone Age Economics, while not a survey of the economic anthropology, is as of now the Read more...

 
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