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One Hundred Years of Argonauts: Malinowski, Ethnography and Economic Anthropology

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Volume 13

Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy

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One Hundred Years of Argonauts

Malinowski, Ethnography and Economic Anthropology

Edited by Chris Hann and Deborah James

Afterword by Rebecca Empson

362 pages, 3 ills., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-521-8 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (June 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-522-5 eBook Not Yet Published

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“This book is remarkably interesting and useful in its composition; it takes us into completely new theoretical territory while tethering conversation back to the moment when Malinowski radically altered the aims of anthropological investigation.” • Huon Wardle, St. Andrews University

“This book revisits old themes in innovative and creative ways, and provides new understandings of Malinowski’s contributions to anthropology generally and economic anthropology specifically. The co-editors should be applauded for bringing together a very impressive group of scholars, many of whom have published major works on the history and contributions of Malinowski.” • Peter D. Little, Emory University


Malinowski’s Argonauts of the Western Pacific was a major contribution to anthropological theory and method, while simultaneously establishing the sub-field of economic anthropology. Even a century after its publication, Malinowski’s pioneering work remains critical for anthropology in a postcolonial age. This volume uses ethnographic studies from around the world to contextualize the work politically and intellectually, examining its gestation and influence from multiple perspectives. It critically explores the meaning of “economy” for Malinowski from his formation in the Austro-Hungarian Empire to his path-breaking fieldwork in Melanesia and ensuing career in London.

Chris Hann is Emeritus Director at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Halle/Saale). His publications include Repatriating Polanyi: Market Society in the Visegrád States (Budapest 2019) and Work, Society, and the Ethical Self: Chimeras of Freedom in the Neoliberal Era (New York/Oxford 2021).

Deborah James is Professor of Anthropology at London School of Economics. Her book Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa (Stanford 2015) explores the lived experience of debt for those who attempt to improve their positions (or merely sustain existing livelihoods) in emerging economies.

Subject: Political and Economic AnthropologyTheory and MethodologyAnthropology (General)
Area: Asia-Pacific


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