The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective (Cambridge Studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology)

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The contributors to this volume examine how things are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings, both present and past. Bridging the disciplines of social history, cultural anthropology, and economics, the volume marks a major step in our understanding of the cultural basis of economic life and the sociology of culture.

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Arjun Appaduraiis the Goddard Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University and a senior fellow of the Institute for Public Knowledge. A fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the author of editor of numerous books, includingThe Social Life of Things", Modernity at Large", Fear of Small Numbers", andThe Future as Cultural Fact".

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Contributors to this volume examine how "things" are sold and traded in a variety of social and cultural settings. The work strives to reveal the underlying social and political mechanisms that regulate taste, trade and desire and to demonstrate the ways people attach value to objects. -- Book Description

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