Legacies, Logics, Logistics: Essays In The Anthropology Of The Platform Economy by Jane I. GuyerLegacies, Logics, Logistics: Essays In The Anthropology Of The Platform Economy by Jane I. Guyer

Legacies, Logics, Logistics: Essays In The Anthropology Of The Platform Economy

byJane I. Guyer

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Legacies, Logics, Logistics brings together a set of essays, written both before and after the financial crisis of 2007–08, by eminent Africanist and economic anthropologist Jane I. Guyer. Each was written initially for a conference on a defined theme. When they are brought together and interpreted as a whole by Guyer, these varied essays show how an anthropological and socio-historical approach to economic practices—both in the West and elsewhere—can illuminate deep facets of economic life that the big theories and models may fail to capture.

Focusing on economic actors—whether ordinary consumers or financial experts—Guyer traces how people and institutions hold together past experiences (legacies), imagined scenarios and models (logics), and situational challenges (logistics) in a way that makes the performance of economic life (on platforms made of these legacies, logics, and logistics) work in practice. Individual essays explore a number of topics—including time frames and the future, the use of percentages in observations and judgments, the explanation of prices, the coexistence of different world currencies, the reapplication of longtime economic theories in new settings, and, crucially, how we talk about the economy, how we use stable terms to describe a turbulent system. Valuable as standalone pieces, the essays build into a cogent method of economic anthropology. 
Jane I. Guyer is the George Armstrong Kelly Professor Emerita in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Marginal Gains: Monetary Transactions in Atlantic Africa, also published by the University of Chicago Press.             
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Title:Legacies, Logics, Logistics: Essays In The Anthropology Of The Platform EconomyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.79 inPublished:May 27, 2016Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part 1: Foundations

Chapter 1  The Themes of Legacies, Logics, Logistics
Chapter 2  “Toiling Ingenuity”: Food Regulation in Britain and Nigeria

Part 2: Public Economic Cultures

Chapter 3  “The Craving for Intelligibility”: Speech and Silence on the Economy under Structural Adjustment and Military Rule in Nigeria (with LaRay Denzer)
Chapter 4  Prophecy and the Near Future: Thoughts on Macroeconomic, Evangelical, and Punctuated Time
Chapter 5  From Market to Platform: Shifting Analytics for the Study of Current Capitalism

Part 3: Cultures of Calculation

Chapter 6  The Eruption of Tradition? On Ordinality and Calculation
Chapter 7  Percentages and Perchance: Archaic Forms in the Twenty-First Century

Part 4: Platforms

Chapter 8  Intricacy and Impasse: Dilemmas of Value in Soft-Currency Economies
Chapter 9  Indexing People to Money: The Fate of “Shelter”

Part 5: Toward Ethnography and the People’s Economies

Chapter 10  Composites, Fictions, and Risk: Toward an Ethnography of Price
Chapter 11  Soft Currencies, Cash Economies, New Monies: Past and Present
Chapter 12  Is the “Real Economy” Disaggregating, Disappearing, or Deviating?

Notes
References
Index

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Legacies, Logics, Logistics brings together a set of essays, written both before and after the financial crisis of 2007–08, by eminent Africanist and economic anthropologist Jane I. Guyer. Each was written initially for a conference on a defined theme. When they are brought together and interpreted as a whole by Guyer, these varied essays show how an anthropological and socio-historical approach to economic practices—both in the West and elsewhere—can illuminate deep facets of economic life that the big theories and models may fail to capture. Focusing on economic actors—whether ordinary consumers or financial experts—Guyer traces how people and institutions hold together past experiences (legacies), imagined scenarios and models (logics), and situational challenges (logistics) in a way that makes the performance of economic life (on platforms made of these legacies, logics, and logistics) work in practice. Individual essays explore a number of topics—including time frames and the future, the use of percentages in observations and judgments, the explanation of prices, the coexistence of different world currencies, the reapplication of longtime economic theories in new settings, and, crucially, how we talk about the economy, how we use stable terms to describe a turbulent system. Valuable as standalone pieces, the essays build into a cogent method of economic anthropology. “Guyer is one of our most brilliant anthropologists, and for decades her thinking has deepened our understanding of economic life. Legacies, Logics, Logistics focuses in on the contemporary financial economy, attending to its crafting across scales from conceptual invention to everyday practice. The book’s original theoretical ideas present inspiring new ways to think about the most fundamental economic forms. A masterpiece.”