Tag: economic anthropology

It’s Not “Just” a Symbol

Alma Gottlieb , January 13th, 2022

“Tails” side of the new U.S. quarter featuring Maya Angelou The new Maya Angelou quarter is a symbol, yes. But not “just” a symbol. Because, symbols matter. If…

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Keith Hart: Comment on ‘Debt: The Last 5,000 Years’

focaal_admin , December 20th, 2021

David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years was published in summer 2011. In August-September of that year, he took part in the first New York City General Assembly…


David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Debt

focaal_admin , December 16th, 2021

Chair: Alpa Shah Discussants: Keith Hart & Maka Suarez In 2011, David published Debt: The First 5000 Years, a book that would establish him as one of the major…


Don Kalb: Constituent Imagination versus the Law of Value: On David Graeber’s ‘Anthropological Theory of Value’

focaal_admin , December 13th, 2021

Image 1: Book Cover. The last two decades in anthropology would have been dramatically less exciting without David Graeber. Given David’s prominent association with the Occupy rebellions and…


Chris Gregory: What is the false coin of our own dreams?

focaal_admin , December 9th, 2021

I confess that the first time I met David I was not impressed. It was in 2006 at a conference in Halle. David gave a 50-minute summary of…


David Graeber LSE Tribute Seminar: Value

focaal_admin , December 2nd, 2021

‘Value’ is the one central themes that runs throughout and conjoins all of David Graeber’s writings. This week focuses on his first book, whose original title, eventually flipped…


The Moral Economy of the English Football Fan in the Twenty-first Century

The Familiar Strange , May 9th, 2021

In late April of this year, it was announced that twelve of the wealthiest and best supported teams from across Europe would be competing in a new competition…

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Finance is Funds and Games Until It Stops (For Hedge Funds in New York)

Nick Mizer , April 8th, 2021

By Nazli Azergun Two weeks ago, we experienced a flamboyant coda to an extremely eventful month. Between processing the assault of the US Capitol and Trump’s departure from…

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Aliki Angelidou: “It is not the police that enters the universities, but democracy”: Greek universities as spearhead of an authoritarian turn

focaal_admin , March 18th, 2021

On February 22nd police forces entered the campus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, heavily beating many students, arresting 31 of them, and teargasing all those present, including…


Juzimu: Jack Ma: Wherever the Wind Blows

focaal_admin , March 8th, 2021

One day last October, I happened to spot an acquaintance’s post on Wechat. It was a simple message thanking all ‘Ant-izens’ (people who work in Ant Financial of…


Anthropology of Wage Theft in Colorado

Walter Little , May 22nd, 2020

The theft of immigrant workers’ wages is a growing problem in the United States. In March 2018, University of Denver law student Katie Brown won $15,000 in County…

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Collecting Relationships: the Phenomenon of Ooshies

Alex D'Aloia , November 17th, 2019

Anthropologists have long acknowledged that ownership is a far more complex phenomenon than it seems at first. What on the surface appears to be a relationship between you…

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Beyond the sensory art of sorting fruit

The Familiar Strange , September 8th, 2019

Sorting fruit may be a sensory art, and it is possible to get entirely lost in the aesthetics of skilful hands and the physicality of localised knowledge. But…

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All the value that washes into the sea

Ryan , November 26th, 2018

Failing seawall trying to prevent land (and value) from washing into the sea. Baja California Sur, Mexico, 2012. Photo: Ryan Anderson. In August of this year, the Washington…


Encoding Value: What is cryptocurrency, and what does it mean for society?

The Familiar Strange , October 3rd, 2018

Author: Stephanie Betz, PhD candidate at the Australian National University and a digital anthropologist researching the intersections between people and technology.  Her doctoral research is an ethno…

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Protected: To Be a Man Is Not a One-Day Job: A Conversation with Daniel Jordan Smith

Charles Dolph: The second time as farce? The IMF returns to Argentina

Focaal Web Editor , June 20th, 2018

Argentina’s Mauricio Macri administration unexpectedly announced recently that it had opened negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a Stand-By Arrangement amid intense monetary an…


Tijo Salverda: Aiming to keep capitalist accumulation in check: The role of the global land rush’s fiercest critics

Focaal Web Editor , April 13th, 2018

This post is part of a feature on “How Capitalists Think,” moderated and edited by Patrick Neveling (University of Bergen) and Tijo Salverda (University of Cologne). Following the…


Eeva Kesküla: How capitalists think about labor dynasties and corporate ethics

Focaal Web Editor , April 4th, 2018

This contribution looks at the implications of how capitalists think about corporate ethics and moral obligations in monoindustrial towns. I present the cases of two mining towns in…


Georg Materna: “Two tribes of capitalists”: Neoconomists and politiconomists in a Senegalese marketplace

Focaal Web Editor , March 26th, 2018

Research on capitalism commonly distinguishes between neoclassical economics and political economy. If neoclassical economics have dominated scientific debates since the 1930s at the latest, the ninet…


Patrick Neveling and Tijo Salverda: How capitalists think—about belonging, moralities, global entanglements, and historical social processes, for example

Focaal Web Editor , March 26th, 2018

Given that nowadays most people live in societies organized according to capitalist principles and given that few oppose those principles fundamentally, capitalists may well constitute the world’s lar…


Anthropology for economists

Erin B Taylor , March 14th, 2015

Do economists read anthropology? Certainly David Graeber’s and Gillian Tett’s books have gained traction. Graeber’s “Debt: The First 5,000 Years” ranks at #19 in Amazon&…

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