Economic Anthropology

Last Updated: 11 August 2015

Edited by Michael Chibnik

In order to prepare this virtual issue, I began by compiling a list of 201 articles focusing on economics that appeared in American Anthropologist (AA) from the first issue of 1900 through the second issue of 2015. The list, organized by topic and date, appears at the end of this introduction.  Deciding which articles to put on the list was not an easy task. Because of space considerations, I restricted the list to articles in sociocultural anthropology. Although many AA articles include some information about economics, I chose only those in which the principal topic was related to the production, exchange or consumption of goods or services. I did not include articles (common in the early years of the journal) that focus on the description of the material culture associated with food-getting. In choosing topical categories, I attempted to find themes common to numerous articles.2 Not all articles could easily be slotted into one category. Many of the articles listed under “consumption, capitalization, and globalization,” for example, could have just as easily been placed in the section on “exchange, markets, and trade.” Nevertheless, I think that the categories serve as a rough guide to the kinds of topics that can be found in AA articles about economics. Read the Full Introduction and Complete Reference List
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