Conversations in Colombia
The Domestic Economy in Life and Text
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Conversations in Colombia by Stephen Gudeman
Book DescriptionDrawing upon their joint fieldwork, the authors cast this book as a conversation involving themselves, a Colombian rural people, and the writings of past economists. In their view, the material practices of the rural folk constitute a house model of the economy, and the Colombian voices provide a window on prior European fold conversations about the house. The house and the corporation have been the principal modes of material organization in Western life: the former is older, but the latter now predominates. The authors suggest, through use of the Colombian conversations, that textualists of the past transformed and inscribed similar folk voices for their emerging theories of the corporation and the market. They argue that economic knowledge is not simply the product of a scientific community but is often appropriated from folk practices. By situating the knowledge gained from fieldwork within their own traditions, and by using that knowledge to reflect upon the origins of contemporary wisdom, the book implicates the modern-day ethnographer, rural folk, and economist as participants in a long conversation.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521387453
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jul-1990
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stephen Gudeman
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Demise of a Rural Economy, Paperback (October 2013)
Bridging a gap between macro- and micro- viewpoints, this work shows the ways in which an economy is socially & historically determined. Subsistence is shown to be not only a form of agriculture but a determinant economic organisation.
Anthropology of Economy, Paperback (August 2001)» View all books by Stephen Gudeman
Drawing from the work of anthropologists, as well as that of economists, sociologists, historians, geographers, feminists, and post-Marxists, this book presents an anthropological approach to economy that highlights the centrality of communal processes in the market.
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