Society for Economic Anthropology at #AmAnth2018

Image: Money from Nothing: Indebtedness and Aspiration in South Africa by Deborah James. Money from Nothing won the 2017 Society for Economic Anthropology book prize.

2018 American Anthropological Association Meetings

The 2018 Annual Meetings were held in San Jose, California. The theme was Change in the Anthropological Imagination addressing resistance, resilience, and adaptation from a wide range of perspectives. “What can holism tell us about social change in the past, present, and future? How have the processes of resistance, resilience, and adaptation shaped our species? How have societies in the past dealt with dramatic social changes and reorganization? What can be learned by examining the many forces that influence peoples’ understandings and reactions to transformation and stasis, both cross-culturally and across time? Can an anthropological understanding of change improve our ability to envision and undertake new forms of local and global cooperation? Finally, what are the possibilities that we as anthropologists can imagine for our shared futures?”

Society for Economic Anthropology Invitation

The Society for Economic Anthropology invited contributions representing the wide array of research topics in Economic Anthropology. For example: global adaptation finance, energy economics, craft production, health insurance, moral economies, labor and care work, cycles of economic boom and bust, Wall Street, migration, gifting and philanthropy, regional exchange networks, market logics and discourse, labor hierarchies, decision making, economic cooperation, …the list goes on!

Also check out How capitalists think—about belonging, moralities, global entanglements, and historical social processes, for example on the FocaalBlog (March 2018).

The program chairs for the 2018 meetings were Jason Antrosio, Nora Haenn, Cindy Isenhour, and Daniel Murphy.

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