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Value and Worthlessness: The Rise of the Populist Right and Other Disruptions in the Anthropology of Capitalism

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Value and Worthlessness

The Rise of the Populist Right and Other Disruptions in the Anthropology of Capitalism

Don Kalb

Made available under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license with support from Trond Mohn Foundation (Bergen), University of Bergen, Government of Norway.

400 pages, 7 ills., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80539-822-6 $145.00/£107.00 / Hb / Not Yet Published (January 2025)


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“It is a very strong and compelling set of essays that trace Kalb’s intellectual trajectory and makes the case for Marxian anthropology.” • Sharryn Kasmir, Hofstar University

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Advocating for an interdisciplinary Marxist anthropology of the present, this book uses historical and global anthropology to engage with history, theory, unevenness, and comparison, while using “global ethnography” and “hidden histories” as the keys to social discovery. Kalb’s anthropology of value and worthlessness lays bare the logics that currently produce right wing, populist, and nationalist outcomes. The book also battles with the “anthropology of global systems”, financialization, and the seductive myths of global middle-class formation, while assessing the theoretical legacies of Eric Wolf, David Graeber, David Harvey, Jonathan Friedman, Marcel Mauss and “moral anthropology”, among others.

Don Kalb is Professor of social anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway, and Academic Director of the GRIP program on global inequality (UiB/International Science Council, Paris). He is the Founding Editor of Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology.

Subject: Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Europe

Value and Worthlessness by Don Kalb is available Open Access under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) with support from Trond Mohn Foundation (Bergen), University of Bergen, Government of Norway.

OA ISBN: 978-1-80539-823-3



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