Towards a Comparative Science of the Economy — Defining Units of Analysis

  • Rhoda H. Halperin


Studying economies across cultures is an increasingly challenging and urgent task. In a world in which jet-age technology and its products quite literally land upon stone-age cultures, factories are plunked down in the midst of farms and tropical paradises (Kottak, 1983), and the informal economy can become the primary source of livelihood (Halperin, n.d.), we must create new analytical tools for dealing with changing combinations of economic processes, with multiple survival strategies and with pluralism in both production and distribution processes. Economic anthropology has treated the agrarian sectors of the industrial United States (Chibnik, 1987; Halperin, 1987) as well as ‘the gardens of prehistory’ (Killion n.d.).


Evolutionary Type Economic Process Informal Economy Social Formation Agrarian Sector 
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© Rhoda H. Halperin 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rhoda H. Halperin
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  1. 1.University of CincinnatiUSA

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