Marshall Sahlins’s “The Original Affluent Society” challenged the assumption that all of human history has witnessed a struggle between needs and insufficient means to satisfy
This article revisits Sahlins’s discussion of Mauss’s Essay on the Gift, with a focus on its contribution to research on the gift and its broader,
Sahlins proposed a tripartite classification of reciprocities mostly sustained with ethnographic data of hunter-gatherer societies but non-human persons, vital agents in their lifeworlds, were omitted.
Theorizing from the Global South is often understood to provide key insights into alternative perspectives and cosmologies excluded and effaced from Western modernity. Theory from
Like Marcel Mauss’s Essai sur le don, Marshall Sahlins’s Stone Age Economics is perhaps “his own gift to the ages”. In the intellectual climate of
Monetary exchanges supported by coins appeared less than 3000 years ago in Lydia. They don’t resort to an evolutionary temporal scale of human brain development
This paper was inspired long ago by Jared Diamond (1997), and in particular by his extensive use of the concept of economic surplus as the
This paper argues that the business firm is a fertile ground for studying how the realms of the ritual and the symbolic affect economic outcomes.