W002
Markets, kinship and morality

Convenors:
Adam Kuper (London School of Economics)
Stephen Gudeman (University of Minnesota/ Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology)
Format:
Workshops
Location:
18
Start time:
27 August, 2008 at 9:00
Session slots:
6

Short abstract:

Do private interests undermine social cohesion? In this workshop, we explore the dialectics of self-interest and mutuality, and of kinship and market behaviour.

Long abstract:

Following Adam Smith, economists argue that markets are driven by self-interest, which benefits everyone. Since Mauss, anthropologists usually claim that private interests undermine social morality and collective identities. In this workshop, we explore the dialectics of self-interest and mutuality, and of kinship and market behaviour.