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Contesting The Great Transformation : Work in Comparative Perspective

Title data

Spittler, Gerd:
Contesting The Great Transformation : Work in Comparative Perspective.
In: Hann, Chris ; Harth, Keith (ed.): Market and Society : The Great Transformation Today. - Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 2009 . - pp. 160-174
ISBN 978-0-511-58138-0
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511581380.009

Abstract in another language

Karl Polanyi deserves great credit for including the results of anthropological research in his studies on the development of capitalism in Europe in The Great Transformation (1944). This distinguishes him from most other historians not only in his own time but still today. However, the effectiveness of his enterprise was limited by his method of comparison, which relied heavily on dichotomous categories, and by his failure to give enough attention to the subject of work. In this chapter I will first discuss Polanyi's ethnographic sources and show how these are embedded in a longstanding German debate on work. I will then give two examples of how work can be systematically analyzed, “work as interaction” and “working abroad: expeditions and migrants,” in order to suggest what a comparative anthropology of work might look like.

Further data

Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Polanyi; Ethnography; Work; Anthropology; Market; Economy; Society
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies
Faculties > Faculty of Cultural Studies > Lehrstuhl Ethnologie
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 300 Social sciences
300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology and anthropology
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2018 07:58
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2018 07:58
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/46468