Market project

James G. Carrier (jgc5p@UVA.PCMAIL.VIRGINIA.EDU)
Fri, 25 Mar 1994 19:12:10 EST

25 March, 1994

Dear Folks,

I am considering trying to organize an edited collection (with possible 1995
AAA session attached) that offers an anthropological perspective on and
criticism of the concept of the (free) market. Relatively few of the people I
know are working on this topic (itself something of a surprise given their
I would, therefore, be interested in word from anyone who has done
anthropological research on actors in free markets (e.g. firms and their
employees) (a) in the West or (b) elsewhere, particularly where that research
could be used to indicate via a case study the empirical adequacy of the free
market model and its assumptions about the motivations and actions of market
Likewise, I would be interested in word from anyone who has done (or
knows of) an anthropological analysis of the formal model of the market as
presented in economics literature (e.g. textbooks), of the use of the model
of the free market in political rhetoric, or of the use of the model in the
Similarly, I would be interested in word from anyone who has done
analytical work on the notion of the market, whether in the West or
Finally, I would be grateful for suggestions about who I might solicit
for such a collection (other than Roy Dilley, Daniel Miller, A.F. Robertson
and John Davis -- two of whom said yes and two said no).
I will be happy to provide a more elaborate description of the idea of
the collection for those who wish it.
Any suggestions or commiseration greatly appreciated.


James G. Carrier

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