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Economy, Crime and Wrong in a Neoliberal Era

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Economy, Crime and Wrong in a Neoliberal Era

Edited by James G. Carrier

276 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-044-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2018)

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“This collection provides substantial, useful case studies not only for anthropologists and social scientists alike, but also for a wider, general, and critical audience. It opens a fertile ground of reflection about the very nature of the economic forces and paradoxes that run our world today, providing an analytical view that, beyond being profoundly enlightening, is also fairly distressful.” • Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (JRAI)

“Truly outstanding in every respect… [the volume] shows that anthropologists can productively complicate our view of contemporary issues whilst simultaneously advancing our understanding of what is going on in our world in a very revealing and ethnographically grounded way.” • John Gledhill, University of Manchester

“An insightful and prescient contribution to economic anthropology and sociology… its framing of the key issues is clever and compelling, and it provides a productive vocabulary that promises to become a touchstone for the field.” • Edward F. Fischer, Vanderbilt University


Corporate scandals since the 1990s have made it clear that economic wrongdoing is more common in Western societies than might be expected. This volume examines the relationship between such wrong-doing and the neoliberal orientations, policies, and practices that have been influential since around 1980, considering whether neoliberalism has affected the likelihood that people and firms will act in ways that many people would consider wrong. It furthermore asks whether ideas of economic right and wrong have become so fragmented and localized that collective judgement has become almost impossible.

James G. Carrier is Associate at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. His publications on economy and society include Gifts and Commodities: Exchange and Western Capitalism Since 1700 (Routledge, 1995), Meanings of the Market (Berg, 1997, ed.), Ethical Consumption: Social Value and Economic Practice (Berghahn, 2012, ed. with P. Luetchford) and Anthropologies of Class (Cambridge, 2015, ed. with D. Kalb).

Subject: General Anthropology Sociology Political Economy



Introduction: Economy, Crime and Wrong in a Neoliberal Era
James G. Carrier

Chapter 1. Marketing Clientelism vs Corruption: Pharmaceutical Off-label Promotion on Trial
Kalman Applbaum

Chapter 2. The Measure of Sociality: Quantification, Control and Economic Deviance
Emil A. Røyrvik

Chapter 3. Under Pressure: Financial Supervision in the Post-2008 European Union
Daniel Seabra Lopes

Chapter 4. Of Taxation, Instability, Fraud and Calculation
Thomas Cantens

Chapter 5. Marketing Marijuana: Prohibition, Medicalization and the Commodity
Michael Polson

Chapter 6. Neoliberal Citizenship and the Politics of Corruption: Redefining Informal Exchange in Romanian Healthcare
Sabina Stan

Chapter 7. Neoliberalism, Violent Crime and the Moral Economy of Migrants
Kathy Powell

Chapter 8. How Does Neoliberalism Relate to Unauthorized Migration? The U.S.–Mexico Case
Josiah McC. Heyman

Conclusion: All That is Normal Melts Into Air: Rethinking Neoliberal Rules and Deviance
Steven Sampson


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