Property in Economic Context

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1998-04-02
  • Publisher: UPA

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Co-published with the Society for Economic Anthropology, Property in Economic Context presents fifteen original essays examining the definition and organization of property in the context of economic organization. Focusing on precapitalist societies as accessed through history and archaeology, as well as modern colonial encounters accessed through ethnography, the essays argue for and illustrate the importance of including specific property features when doing an analysis of economic organization. This is the first time that general property issues have been empirically investigated in this manner.

Table of Contents

Concepts of Property
Concepts of Property: Introductionp. 3
Properties of Property: Conceptual Issuesp. 7
The Social Relations of Property and Efficiencyp. 29
Property: Law, Cotton-pickin' Hands, and Implicit Cultural Imperialismp. 47
Property in Precapitalist Societies
Property in Precapitalist Societies: Introductionp. 67
Obscured by the Forest: Property and Ancestors in Lowland Maya Societyp. 73
Property Rights and the Evolution of Hawaiian Chiefdomsp. 89
Concepts of Property and Access to Nonagricultural Resources in the Inka Empirep. 119
Private Landownership, Debt, and Fiscal Crisis in the Ancient Near Eastp. 139
Property, State, and Self-Destruction in Medieval Icelandp. 171
The Changing Commons: The Case of Swaledale (England)p. 187
Reconstructing Property Systems from Archaeological Evidencep. 215
Modern Colonial Encounters
Modern Colonial Encounters: Introductionp. 237
The Politics of Property among Northern Algonquiansp. 247
Simbu Propertyp. 269
Land, Property, and Credit Contracts in Priangan, West Java, 1870s Through the 1920s: Legal Framework and Private Orderingp. 289
The Emergence of Private Property in Land and the Dynamics of Agricultural Production: A Case Study from the Ivory Coastp. 317
The Erosion of Commons and the Emergence of Property: Problems for Social Analysisp. 351
About the Contributorsp. 379
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