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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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SEA members can claim an exclusive 40% discount off all volumes* of Research in Economic Anthropology, simply quote SEA-REA at the checkout.

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New volume in REA: Production, Consumption, Business and the Economy

We are delighted to announce the publication of Production, Consumption, Business and the Economy: Structural Ideals and Moral Realities,edited by Donald C. Wood, Akita University. This is volume 34 in the Research in Economic Anthropology series, which is sponsored by the Society for Economic Anthropology.

The fourteen chapters in this volume are tied together by a concern with moral dimensions in economic action, especially where these conflict with rules, structures, and models grounded in different philosophies, calling for different kinds of practices. They are divided into four sections: one focusing on commodities and their social meanings and values, one organized around the anthropological investigation of business systems and practices, one concentrating on the economic importance of productive land in culture and society, and one that showcases new and innovative research on the economic anthropology of Latin America. Standing apart from these four sections is a special featured essay by noted anthropologist Sidney Greenfield, which boldly calls for a re-evaluation of the global capitalist system.

See the full table of contents here.

SEA members will be entitled to a 40% discount on this volume six months following publication, in March 2015. The previous volume, Engaging with Capitalism: Cases from Oceania (Volume 33), is now avaliable at a 40% discount. To redeem this offer go to and enter the code SEA-REA

More information on the volume or the Research in Economic Anthropology series is here.

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