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A betting man’s reflections on money

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:30:07 +0000

A betting man’s reflections on money[1] Keith Hart Abstract Part 1 describes my life as a betting man, starting out as a teenager in Manchester and achieving some success as a student at Cambridge. When asked in 2007 why I took up economic anthropology, I replied that I want to save my family from the… Read More »

The real economy? The challenge of dialectical method

Sat, 06 Jan 2018 08:06:53 +0000

The real economy? The challenge of dialectical method[1]  Keith Hart[2] Abstract This blatantly introspective essay seeks to trace a path from the postulation of an informal economy as a device of ethnographic realism to participation in virtual reality through the social media. The Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria is the dialectical outcome… Read More »

The roots of modern Europe’s links to classical antiquity through the Arabs

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:03:43 +0000

Jairus Banaji has posted a beautiful memoir in Facebook showing the linguistic and practical history of Arab mediation between the ancient Greeks and 13th century Venice with reference to a building allocated to German merchants there (the Fontego dei Todeschi). The task of breaking down the imperialist separation of Europe from its African and Asian… Read More »

At home in Durban, September 2013, first interview

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:23:14 +0000

In September 2103, Alice Sala and Gregoire Mayor, from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland and on behalf of the multimedia French-language journal came to South Africa to film a conference organized by the Human Economy Programme at the University of Pretoria. Afterwards they joined Keith Hart in Durban for three filmed interviews of which… Read More »

Notes on the counter-revolution

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 13:26:08 +0000

I came across these anecdotal scribbles recently. They were written in the context of September 11th, the War on Terror and the invasion of Iraq while I was teaching in the US. I was led by various encounters to reflect on whether American society was descending into fascism. The style is partly historical generalization and… Read More »

Opening Anthropology: An Interview with Keith Hart

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 17:59:50 +0000

Summary A three-part interview with Keith Hart by Ryan Anderson on Savage Minds Blog Part 1 The Open Access (OA) movement is one of resistance to the privatization of any commons. But its current focus is shaped by the tension between wanting an intellectual commons and accepting, for career purposes, academic preoccupation with private ownership… Read More »

Dreaming about World War Three

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 01:41:14 +0000

Talkin’ World War III Blues Bob Dylan One time ago a crazy dream came to me I dreamt I was walkin’ into World War Three I went to the doctor the very next day To see what kinda words he could say He said it was a bad dream I wouldn’t worry ’bout it none,… Read More »

Rivers is Our Forgotten Founding Father

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 09:07:03 +0000

The true history of British social anthropology’s origins, seen through the Cambridge Anthropological Expedition to the Torres strait (CAETS) [1] Three centuries of anthropology. Between evolution and ethnography. The CAETS’ protagonists (minus Rivers). The CAETS and functionalist ethnography. Rivers was the founder of British social anthropology. Rivers between anthropology and psychology. Why did we organize a conference to… Read More »

What anthropologists really do

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 03:22:56 +0000

Summary: The new anthropologist is a self-appointed people’s representative in the double sense of writing them up and acting as their advocate. And anthropology is a sort of democratic politics, informed by long-term, empty-headed exposure to strangers wherever they live and shaped by the main public issues of the day. This populism is hostile to… Read More »

Free trade and protection: not alternatives, but always complementary

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:13:47 +0000

Sir James Steuart was a Jacobite exile who brought the term ‘political economy’ from Continental Europe to Britain. Almost a decade before The Wealth of Nations he published Principles of Political Economy in 1767. For advocating a free Scottish home market with initial protection from foreign predators, including England (this was 50 years after the Union!),… Read More »