Critical realism and economic anthropology

Harvey, John and Smith, Andrew and Golightly, David (2017) Critical realism and economic anthropology. Journal of Critical Realism . ISSN 1572-5138

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Abstract

This paper discusses basic critical realism within the context of economic anthropology and develops an approach to studying material relations between people. A diachronic form of analysis, following the work of Bhaskar and Archer, is described as a practical means of analysing property rights. This new approach emphasises epistemic relativism and ontological realism in order to compare disparate forms of human interaction across cultures. The aim of doing this is to develop a philosophical framework that allows for the comparison of economic practices without resorting to judgemental relativism. The implications are significant for institutional economics and anthropology alike, particularly for researchers examining multiple overlapping practices such as market and gift exchange.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Critical Realism on [10 October 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14767430.2017.1377384
Keywords: Economic anthropology, Social structure, Property rights
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: 10.1080/14767430.2017.1377384
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2017 08:04
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2017 23:37
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/45564

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