• Announcement
  • July 1, 2019

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Modern Economic Anthropology

Proposals Submission Deadline: August 12, 2019
Full Chapters Due: December 10, 2019
Submission Date: April 3, 2020



Bryan Christiansen, Global Training Group, Ltd. (United Kingdom/USA)
Dr. Oxana Karnaukhova, Southern Federal University (Russia)


Economic anthropology is a field that attempts to explain human economic behavior in its widest historic, geographic and cultural scope. Economic anthropology studies how human societies provide the material goods and services that make life possible. In the course of material provisioning and during the realization of consumption, people relate to each other in ways that convey power and meaning. It is practiced by anthropologists and has a complex relationship with the discipline of economics of which it is highly critical. Its origins as a sub-field of anthropology began with work by the Polish founder of anthropology Bronislaw Malinowski and the French Marcel Mauss on the nature of reciprocity as an alternative to market exchange. For the most part, studies in economic anthropology focus on exchange. In contrast, the Marxian school known as "political economy" focuses on production.

As globalization became a reality, and the division between market and non-market economies – between "the West and the Rest" – became untenable, anthropologists began to look at the relationship between a variety of types of exchange within market societies. Neo-substantivists examine the ways in which so-called pure market exchange in market societies fails to fit market ideology. Economic anthropologists have abandoned the primitivist niche they were relegated to by economists. They now study the operations of corporations, banks, and the global financial system from an anthropological perspective.

Publisher: IGI Global (Pennsylvania, USA)

Inquiries: Bryan Christiansen, globaltraininggroup@protonmail.com