Stone Age Economics

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Business & Economics - 348 pages
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This book addresses a central problem of anthropology: the nature and appropriate analysis of economic life. It consists of a set of detailed and closely related studies of tribal economies: of domestic production for livelihood, and of the submission of domestic production to the material and political demands of society at large.
Originally published in 1974.
 

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This classic text can be read as an extended dissection of the concept of reciprocity, which has served as a cornerstone of anthropological economics and social relations. The section "correcting ... Read full review

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Starts out fascinating with a chapter/essay on primitive tribes as the "original affluent society." In this best section of the book, Sahlins reframes the entire notion of affluence, turning from our ... Read full review

Contents

1 The Original Affluent Society
1
The Structure of Underproduction
41
Intensification of Production
101
4 The Spirit of the Gift
149
5 On the Sociology of Primitive Exchange
185
6 Exchange Value and the Diplomacy of Primitive Trade
277
Bibliography
315
Index
337
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Marshall Sahlins is the Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor of Anthropology Emeritus at the University of Chicago. His books include "Stone Age Economics", "Culture and Practical Reason", "Islands of History", and "How "Natives" Think: About Captain Cook, For Example".