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Market Versus Society

Anthropological Insights

  • Manos Spyridakis
  • Deepens and challenges the idea that economy is the sum total of rational players

  • Brings to the forefront in anthropological terms that authority is objectively losing power

  • Questions both the legitimacy of power structures and they way those involved in these processes use and conceive them


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology book series (PSUA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Manos Spyridakis
    Pages 1-22
  3. Paul Durrenberger
    Pages 303-317
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 319-333

About this book


This volume addresses the fraught relationship between market and society in times of social and economic crisis, exploring how they interact in key social, cultural, and political arenas on a global scale. The contributors examine the neoliberal market in anthropological and ethnographic terms to question whether “market logic” has won out against social aspects of human existence in a framework of minimal state protection and the devaluation of human labor. Fruitfully combining empirical data and theoretical approaches, the volume investigates the extent to which ordinary people accept unequal allocations of resources and examines their sense of belonging in an expansive neoliberal economy.


Global economic crisis Urban anthropology free market practice social rights and citizenship governmental regulations

Editors and affiliations

  • Manos Spyridakis
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Social and Educational PolicyUniversity of the PeloponneseCorinthGreece

About the editors

Manos Spyridakis is Associate Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of the Peloponnese, Greece. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Market Versus Society
  • Book Subtitle Anthropological Insights
  • Editors Manos Spyridakis
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Urban Anthropology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-74188-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-08931-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-74189-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 333
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Urban Studies/Sociology
    Social Anthropology
    Structural Anthropology
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