For Work / Against Work
Debates on the centrality of work

"Contesting The Great Transformation: work in comparative perspective"

by Spittler, Gerd (2009)


Karl Polanyi deserves great credit for including the results of anthropological research in his studies on the development of capitalism in Europe in The Great Transformation (1944). This distinguishes him from most other historians not only in his own time but still today. However, the effectiveness of his enterprise was limited by his method of comparison, which relied heavily on dichotomous categories, and by his failure to give enough attention to the subject of work. In this chapter I will first discuss Polanyi's ethnographic sources and show how …


Anthropology, Anthropology Of Work, Transformation, Comparative Perspectives On Work, Karl Polanyi



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