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Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value By D. Graeber

Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value by D. Graeber

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This volume is a synthesis of economic, political, and cultural theories of value. David Graeber re-examines a century of anthropological thought about value and exchange and argues that projects of cultural comparison are in a sense necessarily revolutionary projects.

Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value Summary

Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams by D. Graeber

Now a widely cited classic, this innovative book is the first comprehensive synthesis of economic, political, and cultural theories of value. David Graeber reexamines a century of anthropological thought about value and exchange, in large measure to find a way out of ongoing quandaries in current social theory, which have become critical at the present moment of ideological collapse in the face of Neoliberalism. Rooted in an engaged, dynamic realism, Graeber argues that projects of cultural comparison are in a sense necessarily revolutionary projects: He attempts to synthesize the best insights of Karl Marx and Marcel Mauss, arguing that these figures represent two extreme, but ultimately complementary, possibilities in the shape such a project might take. Graeber breathes new life into the classic anthropological texts on exchange, value, and economy. He rethinks the cases of Iroquois wampum, Pacific kula exchanges, and the Kwakiutl potlatch within the flow of world historical processes, and recasts value as a model of human meaning-making, which far exceeds rationalist/reductive economist paradigms.

Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value Reviews

'I have not enjoyed or been so inspired by a work in anthropological theory for quite some time - I am convinced that this book is extremely important to the field of anthropology and to social theory more generally, offering alternatives to the relentlessly bleak theorizing of most post-structuralist and postmodernist critical theory - I think this book might well become a classic.' - Thomas Abercrombie, NYU

'David Graeber is probably the most exciting young anthropologist in the field today.' - Judith Friedlander, Dean of Social Sciences (Graduate Faculty), New School for Social Research

About D. Graeber

David Graeber is Professor of Anthropology at The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. He is the author of Debt: The First 5000 Years (2011), The Utopia of Rules (2015) and Bullshit Jobs: A Theory (2018). In addition to his academic work, Graeber is an activist, who has been involved with such movements as the Global Justice Movement and Occupy Wall Street.

Table of Contents

A Few Words by Way of Introduction Three Ways of Thinking about Value Current Directions in Exchange Theory Value as the Importance of Actions Action and Reflection, or, Notes Toward a Theory of Wealth and Power Wampum and Social Creativity Among the Iroquois Marcel Mauss Revisited The False Coin of our Own Dreams, or, the Problem of the Fetish IIIb

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GOR007547545
9780312240455
0312240457
Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams by D. Graeber
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Paperback
Palgrave USA
20020208
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