Savage Money: The Anthropology and Politics of Commodity Exchange

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Taylor & Francis, 1997 - Social Science - 333 pages
"This new era poses questions for the theory of value, which this book addresses from an anthropological perspective. Fieldwork-based essays on the household values associated with agricultural land, rural marketing and village money lending in Central India are located comparatively and historically by means of an analysis of money in the form of cowries, silver, gold and state tokens." "The author modifies and extends his previous work, Gifts and Commodities, by moving the ethnographic focus from Papua New Guinea to India and by considering the theoretical implications of the Subaltern Studies paradigm for anthropological theory."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

The Value Question
1
Beyond Gifts and Commodities
41
Land as the Supreme Good
71
Production of Commodities by Means of Goods
119
Mercantile Kinship
163
Usury Interest and Usance
211
Domesticated Money
233
Savage Money
265
Toward a Radical Humanist Anthropology
297
Bibliography
313
Index
327
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Chris Gregory is a Reader in Anthropology at the Australian National University where he has been teaching since 1984.

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