Sociology and Anthropology of Economic Life I: The Moral Embedding of Economic Action

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byVeena Das, Ranendra K. Das

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This is the first of two readers on the sociology and anthropology of economic life that together provide an account of major issues in the area of economic anthropology and sociology as they pertain to the study of Indian society and culture. This volume, Sociology and Anthropology ofEconomic Life 1: The Moral Embedding of Economic Action, focuses on the ways in which ethical, moral, and affective forces are constitutive of activities such as production, exchange, and consumption that we habitually characterize as "economic". The focus is largely on the village, considered animportant site for understanding the local processes within which moral economies are embedded; these local and moral economies, however, are not isolated from global processes. In the first section, the essays examine important conceptual issues regarding the appropriate categories for understanding economic relations in rural India. At the same time, they direct attention to tensions between anthropological methods and those typically used in economics and history. Thecontributions in section II show the technological transformations of nature as a result of state policies relating to consolidation of land records; projects of land redistribution to the poor; and generally addressing the national project of acquiring self-sufficiency in food by increasingagricultural production. In section III, questions such as how do we evaluate our actions in moral terms; what bodily dispositions are learnt in the process of work; how existing notions of morality or social hierarchies affect the emergence of newness, are addressed. This reader will be useful for students and scholars of sociology and anthropology, economics, and development studies.

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This is the first of two readers on the sociology and anthropology of economic life that together provide an account of major issues in the area of economic anthropology and sociology as they pertain to the study of Indian society and culture. This volume, Sociology and Anthropology ofEconomic Life 1: The Moral Embedding of Economic Ac...

Veena Das is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Anthropology, Johns Hopkins University. Ranendra K. Das is Retired Professor of Economics, Delhi School of Economics.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:316 pages, 8.7 × 5.59 × 0.01 inPublished:November 20, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199453322

ISBN - 13:9780199453320

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Acknowledgements1. Veena Das and Ranendra K. Das: IntroductionSection I - Reading the Ethnographic Record: Conceptual and Methodological Issues2. Andre Beteille: Class Structure in an Agrarian Society: The Case of the Jotedars3. C.J. Fuller: Misconceiving the Grain Heap: A Critique of the Concept of the Indian Jajmani System4. John Harris: Knowing About Rural Economic Change: Problems Arising From a Comparison of the Results of 'Macro' and 'Micro' Research in Tamil NaduSection II - Nature, Institutions and Environment5. Akhil Gupta: 'Indigenous' Knowledges: Ecology6. Navroz K. Dubash: The Local Politics of Groundwater in North Gujarat7. Rita Brara: Perspectives on Commons' EncroachmentSection III -- Sentiments, Values and Affects8. Anand Pandian: 'Let the Water for the Paddy Also Irrigate the Grass': On the Sympathetic Currents of the Aqueous Self9. Johathan Parry: On the Moral Perils of Exchange10. Deepak Mehta: Women's Work: Quilt Making and Gift Giving11. Christopher Pinney: On Living in the Kal(i)yug: Notes from Nagda, Madhya Pradesh12. Alfred Gell: Newcomers to the World of Goods: Consumption among the Muria GondsNotes on ContributorsIndex