Economic anthropology


Economic anthropology

A forum to discuss how economic anthropology might be regenerated by taking advantage of new social forms such as this one.

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Keith Hart on the human economy at MAD, New York, 29th November 7pm 3 Replies

Started by Keith Hart. Last reply by Keith Hart Dec 9, 2012.

The Madness of National Rankings

Started by John McCreery May 2, 2012.

Anthropology of finance 10 Replies

Started by Nathan Dobson. Last reply by Nathan Dobson Apr 30, 2012.

The story of the crash (and what to do about it) 19 Replies

Started by Keith Hart. Last reply by Nathan Dobson Apr 30, 2012.

Fungible money 2 Replies

Started by Nathan Dobson. Last reply by Nathan Dobson Mar 21, 2012.

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Comment by Kathryn Papp on May 11, 2011 at 6:24pm

Julia - no I don't think it would improve management of natural resources, mostly because I think it is already being done by indigenous people's own systems, which assign different names to the various properties but achieve similar outcomes - except they are not playing games and have a much more nuanced understanding of where they "live".

It is scary to think that this is NOW operating in an ethical vacuum with the implications for far away peoples, animals, plants being totally unaccounted for at the place/level where decisions are being made.

Perhaps, regular visits to the places and people whose lives they trade on an hourly basis would be a way to help connect these traders.  How about a network of volunteer homes where they could get a taste of where they really work??  The network could be funded by the financial institutions' own foundations and run as a nonprofit.  With regular evening sessions with anthropologists, conservation biologists, local farmers, ethicists, and of course indigenous people themselves (if they agree).  A thought ...

Comment by Julia Panther on May 11, 2011 at 11:39am

That article was fascinating, Kathryn... but horrifying.  What would people say if thet world's financial markets were being decided by the outcomes of a group of teenage boys playing on video games??  How is this really any different?  Reminded me of the fact that people working for the Nazi regime were able to do such awful things in their working lives because there was such a complete split between their work and home lives... Surely it can never be healthy or ethical for people to be engaging in their working lives as if they were merely playing a game...  And where do the values and behavioural codes they apply to this game (of market trading) come from?  From popularized versions of evolutionary theory??  From a childhood misspent playing too many video games?  Isn't there some way to reconnect these traders to the real world?  And does this require a whole new system of money, or just a different culture/environment/training for traders?

And to answer your question, no I really don't think it would improve management of natural resources at a local level - do you?

Comment by Kathryn Papp on May 10, 2011 at 4:51pm
Comment by Kathryn Papp on May 10, 2011 at 4:50pm

Financial trading: a complex biological system?  

See how "nutritional points" are determined by researching nomadic peoples!

How can the wealth of data from carefully observed and recorded social systems find a new place in this electronic framework?  

Do you think it would improve the management of natural resources at the local level by translating it to a methodology that is thriving perhaps hundreds of levels up ... on the trading floor and for the benefit of enormously powerful wealth nodes? 

Comment by Keith Hart on April 3, 2011 at 8:48pm
I would draw members attention to a Forum discussion launched by John McCreery: Ten Precepts for the Social Studies of Finance. This summarizes a chapter in a 2009 book written by Donald McKenzie who is certainly one of the leading figures in the study of th eeconomy by non-economists.
Comment by Daromir Rudnyckyj on November 12, 2010 at 1:23am
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Comment by Patty A. Gray on September 8, 2010 at 5:18pm
Hi Davide! Welcome!
Comment by Keith Hart on September 7, 2010 at 3:30pm
Because in the Southern hemisphere it was winter.
Comment by Davide Torsello on September 7, 2010 at 3:13pm
Thanks Keith,
why do you call them Northern summer months? Do you mean they were cold?
I am in Helsinki presently and few days ago it was 8 degrees...
I will try to learn how to start a discussion
Comment by Keith Hart on September 7, 2010 at 2:10pm
Welcome, Davide. Your research interests and experience look very interesting. Please feel free to start a discussion. The group has been quiet over the (Northern) summer months. I am sure members are ready for a new round. Posts to this Comment Wall go to most members. Please click on Follow for any specialist thread where you would like to be notified by email of new posts.

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