Crisis, Value, and Hope: Rethinking the Economy: Wenner-Gren Symposium Supplement 9

Author(s): Leslie C. Aiello
Source: Current Anthropology, Vol. 55, No. S9, Crisis, Value, and Hope: Rethinking the
Economy (August 2014), pp. S1-S3
Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of Wenner-Gren Foundation for
Anthropological Research

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shame. Value. Seated on the ground. The remaining participants. emphasizing the realities of ordinary people in contrast to abstract economic models. sacrifice. Crisis refers to the processes beyond individual control that force change in traditional modes of livelihood and value to the recognition that value exceeds mere monetary worth and can be variable across economic cases. Henri Mendras.S2 Current Anthropology Volume 55. Swift. The main aim of the “Crisis. and (3) the worth of people and the moral obligation to care. The varied papers in this issue explore the complex ways in which people in different ethnographic contexts negotiate often precarious conditions to make a life for themselves and for future generations. G. Lorraine Lancaster. from left to right: Zofia Szyfelbejn. Raymond Firth.92. Bailey. The broadranging topics covered extend from borrowing and lending This content downloaded from 159. which in recent years have proven to be all too unreliable. value. A.203 on Tue. Narotzky and Besnier (2014) argue that the economy cannot be considered in isolation from the rest of human existence and redefine the economy to consist of all the processes that are involved in making a living. Eric de Dampierre.232. and hope provide the three major cross-cutting themes for the papers. Joan Thirsk. Chie Nakane. Fredrik Barth. (2) time-space dimensions of making a living in times of uncertainty. Supplement 9. Hope reflects the objective and subjective possibilities for the future. G. Wenner-Gren Symposium 12. August 22–28. Rudolf Bicanic. August 2014 Figure 2. 26 Aug 2014 05:25:13 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions . Basil Yamey. Crisis. Bert F. Frank.” held at Burg Wartenstein Conference Center. and Hope” symposium and of this CA issue is to fundamentally rethink the nature of economic life. Hoselitz. Sol Tax. 1960. from left to right: Sidney Mintz. G. and Credit in Peasant Societies. M. F. and the future. “Economics and Anthropology: Capital. The 12 contributions that comprise this issue are grouped under three major headings: (1) negotiating regimes of value: debt. Cyril Belshaw. stressing both the effort involved and the aim of sustaining life. Saving.

application procedures and deadlines. 9):S147–S153. and what constitutes a good symposium topic can be found on the Foundation’s website (http://wennergren. 9):S85–S94. Value. The Wenner-Gren Foundation has a long history of encouraging work on significant anthropological issues and is always looking for innovative new ideas in all areas of S3 anthropology for future Foundation-sponsored and Foundation-organized symposia and eventual CA publication. and this has been recognized by anthropologists for a number of years. eds. 2014. China. He. References Cited Cole. Yamey. and as is the case with “Crisis. Current Anthropology 55(suppl. Gibson-Graham. Shenjing. There are few issues of greater relevance than the economy. 9):S4–S16. Jennifer. 2014. value. Saving. and Hope” is a modern successor to a WennerGren symposium held 54 years ago in 1960. This content downloaded from 159. and Basil S. Rethinking the economy with thick description and weak theory. 2). We encourage anthropologists to contact us with their proposals for future meetings. emphasizing thick ethnographic description and weak theory (Gibson-Graham 2014). and Credit in Peasant Societies. Narotzky. Current Anthropology 55(suppl. J. and Niko Besnier. Identity building and communal resistance against landgrabs in Wukan Village. 9):S17–S29. 2014. “Economics and Anthropology: Capital.92. London: Allen & Unwin. 9):S126–S137. to identity building in the context of land grabs in Wukan. “Crisis. the symposium program.203 on Tue. and Hope: Rethinking the Economy in South Africa (James 2014). Crisis. and Hope. Producing value among Malagasy marriage migrants in France: managing horizons of expectation. “Deeper into a hole?” borrowing and lending in South Africa. This meeting resulted in a landmark publication (Firth and Yamey 1964). Value. 26 Aug 2014 05:25:13 AM All use subject to JSTOR Terms and Conditions . 2014. Deborah. Information about the WennerGren Foundation. to social roles and value production among Malagasy marriage migrants to France (Cole 2014). Current Anthropology 55(suppl. 2014. Current Anthropology 55(suppl. Capital. China (He 2014). Current Anthropology 55(suppl. Value. both within the field of anthropology and beyond. An afterword to the issue draws out the main issues and calls for rethinking the economy. and Desheng Xue. and hope: rethinking the economy: an introduction to supplement 9. K. 1964.232.” emphasized both the importance of economic knowledge for the understanding of relevant social relationships and the necessity of an understanding of social relationships for the interpretation of observed economic situations and behavior.org/programs/international -symposia).Aiello Crisis.” organized by Raymond Firth and Bert F. Firth. Susana. saving and credit in peasant societies. Raymond. “Crisis. James. Hoselitz (fig. Value and Hope” updates and expands these ideas and more in the modern anthropological context.