New Directions in Political Economy: An Approach from Anthropology

New Directions in Political Economy: An Approach from Anthropology

New Directions in Political Economy: An Approach from Anthropology

New Directions in Political Economy: An Approach from Anthropology

Synopsis

"Rothstein writes that in recent years, anthropologists have turned to political economy because of inadequacies in structural functionalism and historical materialism. Thus, this text is concerned with analyses of economics relating to social life...the anthropological community and economists [would be] interested in this topic." -Library Journal

Excerpt

This book had its genesis in a symposium entitled Explorations in Political Economy, organized by Arthur Tuden for the 1974 Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association in Mexico City. The editors and several other contributors to this volume participated in that symposium. The discussions that followed among the participants and with others attending the meetings, along with conversations with colleagues after returning home, convinced us that this area of theory was growing rapidly and fruitfully. Yet, although more people were identifying themselves as political economists and/or their work as political economy, their approaches were quite diverse. We thought it would be useful to assemble a collection of essays exploring the range of what anthropologists working with political economy are doing and to identify those commonalities basic to their approach that underlie the diversity of their results. This book is the result.

We would like to express our thanks to Arthur Tuden who encouraged us to undertake this project. Its completion owes much to his unfailing enthusiasm and support. The advice given at an early stage by Julius Rubin was greatly appreciated. Ida Ward handled the mountainous correspondance over the years with extraordinary good humor. Finally, we would like to thank our families for putting up with our preoccupation with this volume and with the inconveniences caused them by our involvement with it.

Madeline Barbara Léons Frances Rothstein . . .

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