Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Modern Economic Anthropology


Bryan Christiansen, Global Training Group, Ltd. (United Kingdom/USA)
Dr. Oxana Karnaukhova, Southern Federal University (Russia)

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: November 11, 2019
Full Chapters Due: December 10, 2019
Submission Date: April 3, 2020


Economic anthropology is a field that attempts to explain human economic behavior in its widest historic, geographic and cultural scope. Economic anthropology studies how human societies provide the material goods and services that make life possible. In the course of material provisioning and
during the realization of consumption, people relate to each other in ways that convey power and meaning. It is practiced by anthropologists and has a complex relationship with the discipline of economics of which it is highly critical. Its origins as a sub-field of anthropology began with work by the Polish founder of anthropology Bronislaw Malinowski and the French Marcel Mauss on the nature of reciprocity as an alternative to market exchange. For the most part, studies in economic anthropology focus on exchange. In contrast, the Marxian school known as "political economy" focuses on production.

As globalization became a reality, and the division between market and non-market economies – between "the West and the Rest" – became untenable, anthropologists began to look at the relationship between a variety of types of exchange within market societies. Neo-substantivists examine the ways in which so-called pure market exchange in market societies fails to fit market ideology. Economic anthropologists have abandoned the primitivist niche they were relegated to by economists. They now study the operations of corporations, banks, and the global financial system from an anthropological perspective.


The field of economic anthropology has had some resurgence in interest recently after largely being placed aside around the 1970s. This handbook brings new insight and research into the field; therefore, the impact should be rather extensive since there have been no major works published on the subject since 2011.

Target Audience

The primary target audience for this publication is scholars and practitioners in economics and anthropology who require an updated Reference source on this topic. The secondary target audience is graduate students.

Recommended Topics

  • Introduction to Economic Anthropology
  • Political Economy
  • Theoretical Issues in Economic Anthropology
  • Contemporary Economic Systems and Models
  • Capitalism
  • Socialism
  • Communism
  • Karl Polanyi and the Substantivist School
  • The Formalist-Substantivist Debate
  • Money Anthropology
  • Informal Economies
  • Distribution and Exchange
  • Writings of Bronislaw Malinowski and Raymond Firth
  • Contemporary Economic Theories
  • Relevance of Economy to Economic Anthropology
  • Comparative Economic Systems
  • Economic Development After World War II
  • Individual Behavior vs. Social Organization
  • Primitive Economies
  • Traditional and Subsistence Economies
  • Theoretical Frameworks for Economic Anthropology
  • Socio-Economic Change in the 21st Century
  • Pre-Industrial Economic Theory
  • Peasant Economies
  • Sequential Process Analysis
  • Internal Redistribution and Reciprocity
  • Degenerative Change
  • Growth Without Development
  • Modernization Today
  • Research in Economic Anthropology
  • Social Dimensions in Economic Processes
  • Human Behavioral Ecology
  • Market Liberalization
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Economic Integration
  • Morality
  • Political and Cultural Change
  • Consumption
  • Social Reproduction
  • Provisioning
  • Religion and Ethics in Economy
  • Environmental Policies
  • Ethnography in Economic Anthropology
  • International Cooperation
  • Social Reproduction

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before November 11, 2019, a chapter proposal no more than 1,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by November 20, 2019 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 10, 2019, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are NO submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Managerial Strategies for Navigating Economic Nationalism. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.
All proposals should be submitted through the E-Editorial DiscoveryTM online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2020.

Important Dates

Chapter Proposals Due Date: November 11, 2019
Full Chapter Submission: December 10, 2019
Double-blind Peer Review Process: December 11, 2019 to January 24, 2020
Author Chapter Revisions: March 6, 2020
All Final Accepted Materials: April 3, 2020


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