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Author: Arjun Appadurai
ISBN: 0521357268
Language: English
Pages: 339 pages
Category: Social Sciences
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (January 29, 1988)
Rating: 4.7
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Contributors to this volume examine how "things" are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings. Series: Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Contributors to this volume examine how "things" are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings. The work strives to reveal the underlying social and political mechanisms that regulate taste, trade and desire and to demonstrate the ways people attach value to objects.

Commodities in cultural perspective. University of Pennsylvania. The second is to propose a new perspective on the circulation of commodities in social life. University of Pennsylvania '' cambridge. The gist of this perspective can be put in the following way. Economic exchange creates value. Value is embodied in commodities that are exchanged.

Containing contributions from American and British social anthropologists and historians, the volume bridges the disciplines of social history, cultural anthropology, and economics, and marks a major step in our understanding.

Containing contributions from American and British social anthropologists and historians, the volume bridges the disciplines of social history, cultural anthropology, and economics, and marks a major step in our understanding of the cultural basis of economic life and the sociology of culture.

The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology). Download (pdf, 3. 9 Mb) Donate Read. The cultural use of things: Consumption in rural Java. By looking at things as if they lead social lives, the authors provide a new way to understand how value is externalized and sought after. School of Oriental & African Studies. Newsletter, Vol. 21, Issue. Containing contributions from American and British social anthropologists and historians, the volume bridges the disciplines of social history, cultural anthropology, and economics, and marks a major step in our understanding of the cultural basis of economic life and the sociology of culture.

Published April 30th 1986 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 1986).

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book Book Overview. The contributors to this volume examine how things are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings, both present and past.

The contributors to this volume examine how things are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings, both present and past. Bridging the disciplines of social history, cultural anthropology, and economics, the volume marks a major step in our understanding of the cultural basis of economic life and the sociology of culture.

Arjun Appadurai argues that the volume gives a new perspective on the circulation of commodities in social life, because it takes the object of economic value and the act of exchange creates a mutual valuation of objects

Arjun Appadurai argues that the volume gives a new perspective on the circulation of commodities in social life, because it takes the object of economic value and the act of exchange creates a mutual valuation of objects. He begins by identifying notable theorists, specifically Marx, on the subject of fetishism of commodity, and puts forward that eventually, all social analysis will entail a degree of methodological fetishism; the tendency to read things in themselves.

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Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c1986. Physical description. Reddy-. 10. The origins of swadeshi (home industry): cloth and Indian society, 1700-1930 C. A. Bayly- Index. source: Nielsen Book Data).

The contributors to this volume examine how things are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings, both present and past. Bridging the disciplines of social history, cultural anthropology, and economics, the volume marks a major step in our understanding of the cultural basis of economic life and the sociology of culture.
Comments (3)
Kuve
In general, this is a good and worthy book, if a bit on the older side of current research into commodity culture. But as a foundational reference point, it should probably be on the reading list of anyone serious about the history of commodities and social history. The only fault I really find is that the supporting essays are quite random in nature. There is an effort to group the essays into five themes, and the introductory essay (one of the cornerstones of the book) tries to define those themes, but with only two essays to work from, and often drawing on wide-ranging areas and times, it's hard to get more than a sampler of ideas from here, and thus harder to really attempt to generalise methods that could apply to other cultures. Still - a worthwhile text.
Blackbeard
This review only applies to the kindle edition. This ebook has typos on every other page which makes it hard to read.
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This collection of essays is insightful but far from comprehensive, a good starting point for further discussion on commodification.