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Allegories of Exchange

Anthropology, Semiotics, Narrative, Culture. Explorations in Anthropology

By (author) Jose-John de Vinck
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, London, United Kingdom
Imprint: Berg Publishers
Published: 1st Jul 1998
Dimensions: h 220mm
ISBN-10: 1859731376
ISBN-13: 9781859731376
Barcode No: 9781859731376
Words, gifts, commodities and money are all familiar signs which we exchange. Human beings establish and maintain social identities through the dynamic practices of exchange. This book develops a theory of exchange based on Peirce's semiotics and suggests that four of the most important modern and post-modern theories - Marxism, functionalism, structuralism and post-structuralism - can be read as allegories of exchange. Practices of everyday life, problems of ethnographic interpretation, specific issues in modern and post-modern capitalism, and even, as the author demonstrates, literary texts such as "The Iliad" are re-evaluated through a critical lens which should advance understanding across a wide range of disciplines.

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