Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Barter, Exchange and Value

Barter, Exchange and Value
An Anthropological Approach


Caroline Humphrey, Stephen Hugh-Jones, Nicholas Thomas, Luca Anderlini, Hamid Sabourian, Alfred Gell, Marilyn Strathern
View all contributors
  • Date Published: June 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521406826

£ 41.99

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • This book concerns barter, a transaction in which objects are exchanged directly for one another without the use of money. Economists treat barter as an inefficient alternative to market exchange, and assume that it is normal only in 'primitive' economies or marks the breakdown of more developed exchange mechanisms. For their part, anthropologists have been more interested in the social and moral complexities of the 'gift', and treat barter dismissively as mere haggling. The authors of this collection do not accept that barter occupies a residual space between monetary and gift economies. Using accounts from different parts of the world, they aim to demonstrate that it is more than a simple and self-evident economic institution. Barter may constitute a mode of exchange with its own social characteristics occupying a specific moral space. This novel treatment of barter represents an original and topical addition to the literature on economic anthropology.

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521406826
    • length: 212 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 160 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.355kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Barter, exchange and value Caroline Humphrey and Stephen Hugh-Jones
    2. Politicised values: the cultural dynamics of peripheral exchange Nicholas Thomas
    3. Yesterday's luxuries, tomorrow's necessities: business and barter in northwest Amazonia Stephen Hugh-Jones
    4. Some notes on the economics of barter, money and credit Luca Anderlini and Hamid Sabourian
    5. Fair dealing, just rewards: the ethics of barter in North-East Nepal
    6. Inter-tribal commodity barter and productivie gift-exchange in old Melanesia Alfred Gell
    7. Qualified value: the perspective of gift exchange Marilyn Strathern.

  • Editors

    Caroline Humphrey

    Stephen Hugh-Jones


    Caroline Humphrey, Stephen Hugh-Jones, Nicholas Thomas, Luca Anderlini, Hamid Sabourian, Alfred Gell, Marilyn Strathern

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×
warning icon

Turn stock notifications on?

You must be signed in to your Cambridge account to turn product stock notifications on or off.

Sign in Create a Cambridge account arrow icon

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.