Capitalism, Primitive and Modern: Some Aspects of Tolai Economic Growth

1st Edition

T. Scarlett Epstein

Routledge
Published January 30, 1980
Reference - 212 Pages
ISBN 9780878553976 - CAT# Y338595

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Summary

The merit of the Tolai case study lies in the fact that "the schema of economic growth of small underdeveloped societies," which it represented, "when abstracted from its specific background," appeared to be "logically likely to fit other similar societies in Melanesia and elsewhere." Epstein is especially sensitive to the role of cultural traditions, giving her work importance in the field of economic anthropology. She has taken a substantivist as against a purely formalist view of the processes of economic development.

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