Economic Anthropology by Chris Hann, Keith Hart

By Chris Hann, Keith Hart

This publication is a brand new creation to the heritage and perform of monetary anthropology by way of major authors within the box. They convey that anthropologists have contributed to figuring out the 3 nice questions of contemporary monetary heritage: improvement, socialism and one-world capitalism.

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However that may be, few later writers have come even close to matching M a rx's vision of h uman history as a whole. National Capitalism, and Beyond If capita l ists embraced the workers in their early st r uggle to defeat military landlordism, their success in pulling millions 29 Economic Anthropofog)I of peasants out of rural isolation into the new ind ustrial cities gene ra ted new problems of socia l control and prompted a reassessment of th eir basic class alliance. The result was a synthesis of the nation-state and industrial capitalism that we cal l 'national capi tal ism': the institutional attempt to manage money, markets and accumulation th roug h central bureaucracy with in a comm u nit y of nationa l citize ns that is supposed to share a common culture.

His premise was that the world had too many farmers and not enough people to buy what they had to sel l . Migrants to the cities, even i f they were j ust a 'ri ffraff' (nowadays we would say they l i ved in the 'informal economy', see chapter 6), gen­ erated demand for the prod ucts of commercial agriculwre. The farmers could then spend money on the manufactures of city-dwellers; and exchange would develop on the basis of a rural-urban division o f labour. Steuart bel ieved that fi rms should initially be protected from the harsh wi nds of the world market, with competition being introduced progres­ sively to allow strong fi rms to expand and weak ones ro be eli minated .

Like most other historians, he insisted on contextualizing economic l i fe: the principles of the market and the new methodological individ ualism could not explain all economic behaviour, not even i n newly uni fied Germany. Max Weber put the lid on this argument in his magisterial Economy and Society ( 1 922b) by suggesti ng that we wouldn't be interested i n Ancient Greece un less it was different, and we could not understand it un less our knowledge could embrace the Greeks as the same as us to some extent.

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