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Values and Valuables: From the Sacred to the Symbolic / Edition 272

Values and Valuables: From the Sacred to the Symbolic / Edition 272

ISBN-10:
0759105456
ISBN-13:
9780759105454
Pub. Date:
12/27/2003
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
ISBN-10:
0759105456
ISBN-13:
9780759105454
Pub. Date:
12/27/2003
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Values and Valuables: From the Sacred to the Symbolic / Edition 272

Values and Valuables: From the Sacred to the Symbolic / Edition 272

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In this exciting new volume from the Society for Economic Anthropology, Cynthia Werner and Duran Bell bring together a group of distinguished anthropologists and economists to discuss the complex ways in which different cultures imbue material objects with symbolic qualities whose value cannot be reduced to material or monetary equivalents. Objects with sacred or symbolic qualities are valued quite differently than mundane objects, and the contributors to this volume set out to unravel how and why. In the first of three sections, the authors consider the extent to which sacred objects can or cannot be exchanged between individuals (e.g., ancestral objects, land, dreaming stories). In the next section, contributors discuss the value and power of markets, money, and credit. They consider theoretical models for understanding money transactions, competing currencies, and the power of credit among marginalized groups around the globe. The last section examines the ways in which contemporary people bestow symbolic value on some objects (e.g., family heirlooms, pre-Columbian artifacts, fashion goods) and finally how some individuals themselves are valued in monetary and symbolic ways. With its emphasis on the interplay of cultural and economic values, this volume will be a vital resource for economists and economic anthropologists. Published in cooperation with the Society for Economic Anthropology. Visit their web page.


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ISBN-13: 9780759105454
Publisher: AltaMira Press
Publication date: 12/27/2003
Series: Society for Economic Anthropology Monograph Series , #21
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.92(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.85(d)

About the Author

Cynthia Werner is assistant professor of anthropology at Texas A&M University. Duran Bell is professor in the departments of economics and anthropology at the University of California, Irvine.

Table of Contents

Part 2 Acknowledgements Part 3 Introduction: Values and Valuables: From the Sacred to the Symbolic Part 4 PART I: The Power of the Sacred Chapter 5 Chapter 1: What Mauss Did Not Say : Some Things You Give, Some Things You Sell, but Some Things You Must Keep Chapter 6 Chapter 2: "Keeping for Giving" and "Giving for Keeping": Value, Hierarchy, and the Inalienable in Yap Chapter 7 Chapter 3: The Engendering of Ceremonial Knowledge Between (and Among) Warlpiri Women and Men in the Australian Central Desert Part 8 PART II: Markets, Money, and Power Chapter 9 Chapter 4: Conceptions of Capitalism: Godelier and Keynes Chapter 10 Chapter 5: Little Tubes of Mighty Power: How Clay Tobacco Pipes From Port Royal, Jamaica, Reflect Socioeconomic Change in Seventeenth-Century English Culture and Society Chapter 11 Chapter 6: The Dominance of the Cowry Relative to the Franc in West Africa Chapter 12 Chapter 7: Ties that Dissolve and Bind: Competing Currencies, Prestige and Politics in Early Twentieth Century China Chapter 13 Chapter 8: Crafts, Gifts and Capital: Negotiating Credit and Exchange in the Northern Philippines Chapter 14 Chapter 9: Locating the Cultural Context of Credit: Institutional Alternatives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation Part 15 PART III: Contemporary Valuables and Symbolic Values Chapter 16 Chapter 10: Inalienable Wealth in North American Households Chapter 17 Chapter 11: Virtual Antiquities, Consumption Values, and the Cultural Heritage Economy in a Costa Rican Artisan Community Chapter 18 Chapter 12: Women's Fashion Magazines: People, Things and Values Chapter 19 Chapter 13: Numbered Days, Valued Lives: Statistics, Shopping and the Commodification of People Part 20 Index Part 21 About the Authors

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