[OPE-L:6687] value

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@stanford.edu)
Date: Sat Mar 09 2002 - 06:10:06 EST

Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value : The False
                            Coin of Our Own Dreams
                            by David Graeber

                            Editorial Reviews

                            Book Description
                            This innovative book is the first 
comprehensive synthesis of economic, political, and cultural theories 
of value. David Graeber reexamines a century of anthropological 
thought about value and exchange, in large measure to find a way out 
of quandaries in current social theory, which have become critical at 
the present moment of ideological collapse in the face of 

  Rooted in an engaged, dynamic realism, Graeber argues that projects 
of cultural comparison are in a sense necessarily revolutionary 
projects: He attempts to synthesize the best insights of Karl Marx 
and Marcel Mauss, arguing that these figures represent two extreme, 
but ultimately complementary, possibilities in the shape such a 
project might take. Graeber breathes new life into the classic 
anthropological texts on exchange, value, and economy. He rethinks 
the cases of Iroquois wampum, Pacific kula exchanges, and the 
Kwakiutl potlatch within the flow of world historical processes, and 
recasts value as a model of human
meaning-making, which far exceeds rationalist/reductive economist 
paradigms    .

      About the Author
                            David Graeber teaches anthropology at Yale 
University. He is currently writing an ethnography of direct action 
as well as
                            working with the Direct Action Network, 
People's Global Action, and Ya Basta!.

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