Yearly Archives: 2015

Schneider Prize winners announced

The Society for Economic Anthropology is very pleased to Announce the Winners and Honorable Mentions for the 2015 Harold K. Schneider Student Paper Prize in Economic Anthropology!

Graduate Winner

Christopher Taylor (Boston University) Faculty Sponsor – Robert F. Hefner

Title: “New Islamic Charities in North India: Re-Visiting Islam’s ‘Moral Economy’”

Graduate Honorable Mention

Fabio Mattioli (City University of New York) Faculty Sponsor – Jeff Maskovsky

Title: “Illiquidity, Payments and Exploitation: The Case of Kompenzacija”

Undergraduate Winner

Anna Merryfield (University of St. Andrews, Scotland) Faculty Sponsor – Mette M. High

Title: “Do Economists Make Markets? Discussed in reference to the Financial Crisis of 2007-2008”

Undergraduate Honorable Mention

Kristiyana Kalcheya (University of St. Andrews, Scotland) Faculty Sponsor – Mette M. High

Title: “The Value of Money: Discourses within the US Fracking Debate”

We also wish to thank Mette High, Maia Green, Donald Wood, and Yuson Jung, who served as paper readers.

The Harold K. Schneider Prize Competition is a student paper competition established by the Society for Economic Anthropology to honor its first president and to encourage new scholars in the field of economic anthropology. Harold Schneider, Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, was known for both his path breaking research and his dedication as a teacher. Each year, the Society for Economic Anthropology invites both undergraduate and graduate students to submit papers on any aspect of economic anthropology or economic archaeology. The winners in graduate and undergraduate divisions receive a cash prize, one year membership to SEA, and a certificate. The graduate winner is invited to present the paper at the SEA spring conference in 2015.

More info on the Schneider Prize is here.

American Anthropologist special issue on economic anthropology

Michael Chibnik has recently edited a special virtual issue of American Anthropologist highlighting the diverse economic anthropology contributions to that journal. As he says in the introduction:

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.

The introduction is a valuable overview of the field, and the article collection includes many classics as well as provocative perspectives.

The virtual issue is open access until the end of 2015.


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Engaging with Capitalism: Cases from Oceania
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Within this book, authors question how the market economy has been variously negotiated by groups who also have other systems through which they organize their social and economic life. What has worked for these people, what has not, and why? The volume addresses how, as a social and economic system, capitalism has been very effective in generating wealth and technological innovation, but has also been associated with great social inequity and environmental damage. Its inherent flaws have been highlighted by the escalation of ecological problems arising from growth-oriented capitalism and various economic crises, the latest being the Global Financial Crisis and its on-going fallout.

“I think this is an extraordinary rich edited volume that provides a comprehensive coverage of diverse engagements with capitalism in Oceania. The editors have crafted the volume in a masterful way beginning with a thorough engagement with the latest theories. The book addresses a crucial issue of the moment, as late capitalism is in a state of great global uncertainty and flux. The actions evident in strategic responses reported in this volume provide important new interpretations of the role of local agency and non-capitalist social forms in the 21st century, twenty years after the erroneously heralded ‘end of history’.”
Emeritus Professor Jon Altman, Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet), College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, Australia

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Selected volumes are available in paperback.

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Brand new for 2015

Look out for the brand new volume “Local Cultural Responses to the Economic Challenges of Climate Change” due for publication in autumn.

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