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The False Coin of Whose Dreams? Re-Reading David Graeber on Value

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2023 7:10 pm
The False Coin of Whose Dreams? Re-Reading David Graeber on Value

Reading / discussion series hosted by COVER (Centre for Commons Organising, Values Equalities and Resilience) at the University of Essex ... s-part-one

Now a widely cited classic, Toward An Anthropological Theory of Value: The False Coin of Our Own Dreams is the first comprehensive synthesis of economic, political, and cultural theories of value. David Graeber re-examines a century of anthropological thought about value and exchange, in large measure to find a way out of ongoing quandaries in current social theory,which have become critical at the present moment of ideological collapse in the face of Neoliberalism. Rooted in an engaged, dynamic realism, Graeber argues that projects of cultural comparison are in a sense necessarily revolutionary projects: He attempts to synthesize the best insights of Karl Marx and Marcel Mauss, arguing that these figures represent two extreme, but ultimately complementary, possibilities in the shape such a project might take.Graeber breathes new life into the classic anthropological texts on exchange, value, and economy. He rethinks the cases of Iroquois wampum, Pacific kula exchanges, and the Kwakiutl potlatch within the flow of world historical processes, and recasts value as a model of human meaning-making, which far exceeds rationalist/reductive economist paradigms.

18 Oct Introduction, Chapters 1-2
1 Nov Chapters 3-4
8 Nov Chapter 5
22 Nov Chapters 6-7

All Sessions will take place online @ 12:00 UK time

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