James Carrier's A Research Agenda for Economic Anthropology offers anthropology the makings of a new canvas for understanding the role of economy as it unfolds before us. An important new volume.'
– Michael Blim, City University of New York, US
‘The chapters in James Carrier’s provocative new collection give us stimulating ideas that set us well on the way to a new kind of economic anthropology. Anybody who finds themselves simultaneously fascinated and yet puzzled by what seems to be the ever more “economized” kind of society we live in will find much to attract them in these wide-ranging pages. And this won’t just be anthropologists (or broad-minded economists), but students old and young, some seeking a new take on an old issue – markets and the state, inequality, or ethical action; others instead urged to reach toward new challenges – expanding our ideas of “management”, thinking about resources along a time dimension, or reflecting on how politics is expressed in the language of finance. And there is much more. The opposite of a comprehensive “wrapping-up” exercise, this lively collection provides us with a distinct set of starting points that take us into exciting new fields within, and well beyond, economic anthropology. Lively, challenging and rewarding reading.’
– Gavin Smith, University of Toronto, Canada and the National University of Ireland