The Anthropology of Money and Finance: Between Ethnography and World History

  title={The Anthropology of Money and Finance: Between Ethnography and World History},
  author={Keith Hart and Horacio Ortiz},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
We review here recent developments in the anthropology of money and finance, listing its achievements, shortcomings, and prospects, while referring back to the discipline's founders a century ago. We take our departure from the work of Marcel Mauss and Karl Polanyi, both of whom combined openness to ethnographic research with a vision of world history as a whole. Since the 1960s, anthropologists have tended to restrict themselves to niche fields and marginal debates. The anthropological study… Expand
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