Anthropologies of Value

Edited by Luis Fernando Angosto-Ferrández and Geir Henning Presterudstuen

Anthropologies of Value

Edited by Luis Fernando Angosto-Ferrández and Geir Henning Presterudstuen

Distributed for Pluto Press

248 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 3/4 | © 2016
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9780745336633 Published November 2016 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
One of the most vibrant areas of inquiry in anthropology today surrounds questions of the commodification of human and natural life. In a world where cost-benefit analysis dominates economic and governmental decision-making, prices are routinely put on death and environmental devastation—but little thought is given to what those valuations mean, both to those being blithely commodified or to the society behind it.
            Anthropologies of Value brings together a roster of stellar contributors to consider the question of the commodification of life through an anthropological lens. Explicitly questioning the validity of such commonplace binary oppositions as north/south, core/periphery, Western/non-Western, the collection aims to bridge disparate approaches and offer a new way forward for understanding, and combating, the rampant commodification of contemporary life.
 
Contents


Introduction: The value of everything and the price of nothingness, by Luis F. Angosto-Ferrández, University of Sydney
PART I. EMERGING VALUE IN THE ‘GLOBAL SOUTH’ 
1. On the capacity to change the structural parameters of value: the sale of one particular cook islands tivaivai, by Jane Horan, University of Auckland
2. Value and the Art of Deception: Public Morality in a Papua New Guinean Ponzi Scheme, by John Cox, State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program, Australian National University
3. Asbin: A has been of highlands gift exchange?, by Olivia Barnett-Naghshineh, University of Auckland
4. The value of the vanua – the nexus of people and land in Fiji’s market economy, by Geir Henning Presterudstuen, University of Western Sydney
5. Natural value: rent-capture and the commodification of a waterfall in Gran Sabana, Venezuela, by Luis F. Angosto-Ferrández
6. Capitalist Ventures or Solidarity Networks? Self-employment in post-Soviet Cuba , by Marina Gold, Macquarie University
PART II. TRIBULATING VALUES IN THE ‘GLOBAL NORTH’ 
7. The relative value of penguins, by Moira White, Otago Museum
8. Quota systems: repositioning value in New Zealand, Icelandic and Irish fisheries, by Fiona McCormack, University of Waikato
10. Distributions of Wealth, Distributions of Waste: Abject Capital and Accumulation by Disposal, by David Border Giles, University of Canterbury
11. ‘The university is kind of an impossible place’: Universities towards and against capitalism, by Fern Thompsett, University of Queensland 
Index
Review Quotes
Dr Chris Gregory, Australian National University
''This collection of ethnographically-informed essays from around the world turns the abstractions of globalisation theory upside down and provides new insights into the values that inform economic transactions in the world today. It is essential reading for anyone concerned with the value question in the 21st Century.''
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