Kinds of Value: An Experiment in Modal Anthropology

Kinds of Value: An Experiment in Modal Anthropology
Paul Kockelman
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h178 x 114mm - 72pg
1 Mar 2020
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9780996635585
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In this slim volume, anthropologist Paul Kockelman showcases, reworks, and extends some of the core resources anthropologists and like-minded scholars have developed for thinking about value. Rather than theorize value head on, he offers a careful interpretation of a Mayan text about an offering to a god that lamentably goes awry. Kockelman analyzes the text, its telling, and the conditions of possibility for its original publication. Starting with a relatively simple definition of value--that which stands at the intersection of what signs stand for and what agents strive for--he unfolds, explicates, and experiments with its variations. Contrary to widespread claims in and around the discipline, Kockelman argues that it is not so-called relations, but rather relations between relations, that are at the heart of the interpretive endeavor.

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