Religion and economy

The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Religion, Symbolism, and Belief Systems

Classical social theories of society, culture, and change are, in a certain light, a debate over how to interpret the intersection of religious beliefs and values with economic behavior. In considering this question, theorists have built various frameworks for the individual and collective dimensions of social behavior and for the nature of modernity. Contemporary social […]

Indecorous, Too Hasty, Incorrect: Market and Moral Imagination in Auhelawa, Papua New Guinea

Anthropological Quarterly 89(2): 515-537

Malinowski quotes a typical Kiriwina man in Argonauts of the Western Pacific: “He conducts his Kula as if it were gimwali” (1932 [1922]:96). This analysis of the difference between ceremonial exchange and barter—not Malinowski’s, but his informant’s—is one reason Trobriand kula practices resonate with so many. In this article, I suggest one consider the informant’s […]

Cultivation of pineapple in PNG

This is the time of year when people eat pineapples on Normanby Island, PNG. Many people plant large gardens of pineapples and offer them as Christmas gifts. Few are sold in markets. I’m wondering how common this is. Across PNG, who plants pineapples, in what ways and one what kind of scale. Is it always […]