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Toward an Anthropological Theory of Value


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A Few Words by Way of Introduction Three Ways of Thinking about Value Current Directions in Exchange Theory Value as the Importance of Actions Action and Reflection, or, Notes Toward a Theory of Wealth and Power Wampum and Social Creativity Among the Iroquois Marcel Mauss Revisited The False Coin of our Own Dreams, or, the Problem of the Fetish IIIb

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David Graeber has written a variety of articles for the journal "in These Times".

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DAVID GRAEBER received his doctorate from University of Chicago in 1996, based on two years of fieldwork in Madagascar. He has written a variety of articles for the journal In These Times and has taught at Haverford and Yale. Professor Graeber is currently working on an ethnography of direct action as well as working with the Direct Action Network, People's Global Action, and Ya Basta!.


'I have not enjoyed or been so inspired by a work in anthropological theory for quite some time - I am convinced that this book is extremely important to the field of anthropology and to social theory more generally, offering alternatives to the relentlessly bleak theorizing of most post-structuralist and postmodernist critical theory - I think this book might well become a classic.' - Thomas Abercrombie, NYU

'David Graeber is probably the most exciting young anthropologist in the field today.' - Judith Friedlander, Dean of Social Sciences (Graduate Faculty), New School for Social Research

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