P14
Anthropology and the labour theory of value: history, present and future
Convenors:
Luis Angosto-Ferrandez (University of Sydney)
Geir Henning Presterudstuen (Western Sydney University)
Discussant:
Fiona McCormack (Waikato) and David Pedersen (UC San Diego)
Format:
Panels
Location:
STB 1, Science Teaching Building
Sessions:
Tuesday 3 December, 9:00-10:45, 14:00-15:45

Short abstract:

This panel seeks contributions that engage the labour theory of value from anthropological perspectives and create grounds to discuss the extent to which the study of human behaviour and cultural production can benefit from a such a universalist theory.

Long abstract:

This panel seeks contributions from anthropologists who examine and discuss the ways in which capitalism shapes and is shaped by human sociality. Within this general frame of analysis we are particularly interested in papers that engage the labour theory of value from anthropological perspectives. We expect contributions that, from different angles, create grounds to discuss the extent to which the study of human behaviour and cultural production can benefit from a such a universalist theory. We welcome papers backed by ethnographic work, but also presentations with a focus on methodological questions: what does anthropology do with the labour theory of value? What type of ethnography pairs well with the labour theory of value? If theory always informs ethnographic work, what benefit can anthropologists obtain from their knowledge about the labour theory of value and the questions this theory enabled us to explore? In this panel we are also interested in papers oriented towards other forms of theoretical (not necessarily methodological) reflection, and on any form of anthropological intervention tackles ongoing debates around the creation of value in contemporary capitalism.