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Title Economy and ritual : studies of postsocialist transformations / edited by Stephen Gudeman and Chris Hann
Published New York : Berghahn Books, 2015
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Series Max Planck Studies in Anthropology and Economy ; v. 1
Max Planck studies in anthropology and economy.
Contents Introduction : ritual, economy and the institutions of the base / Stephen Gudeman and Chris Hann -- Economy as ritual : the problems of paying in wine / Jennifer Cash -- Animals in the Kyrgyz ritual economy : symbolic and moral dimensions of economic embedding / Nathan Light -- From pig-sticking to festival : changes in pig-sticking practices in the Hungarian countryside / Bea Vidacs -- Kurban : shifting economy and the transformations of a ritual / Detelina Tocheva -- The trader's wedding : ritual inflation and money gifts in Transylvania / Monica Vasile -- "We don't have work, we just grow a little tobacco" : household economy and ritual effervescence in a Macedonian town / Miladina Monova
Summary According to accepted wisdom, rational practices and ritual action are opposed. Rituals drain wealth from capital investment and draw on a mode of thought different from practical ideas. The studies in this volume contest this view. Comparative, historical, and contemporary, the six ethnographies extend from Macedonia to Kyrgyzstan. Each one illuminates the economic and ritual changes in an area as it emerged from socialism and (re- )entered market society. Cutting against the idea that economy only means markets and that market action exhausts the meaning of economy, the studies show that muc
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Economic anthropology -- Europe, Eastern -- Case studies.
Economic anthropology -- Former Soviet republics -- Case studies.
Post-communism -- Social aspects -- Europe, Eastern -- Case studies.
Post-communism -- Social aspects -- Former Soviet republics -- Case studies.
Rites and ceremonies -- Economic aspects -- Europe, Eastern -- Case studies.
Rites and ceremonies -- Economic aspects -- Former Soviet republics -- Case studies.
Europe, Eastern -- Social life and customs -- Case studies.
Former Soviet republics -- Social life and customs -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Gudeman, Stephen F., editor
Hann, C. M., 1953- editor
ISBN 1782385703 (electronic bk.)
9781782385707 (electronic bk.)