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HAU Books is delighted to announce the publication of The Real Economy: Essays in Ethnographic Theory, edited by Federico Neiburg and Jane Guyer. A major intervention in economic anthropology, at a time of great uncertainty about the foundations of economic judgment, this important collection of essays expands on a multi-part special section originally published in our journal, now revised and with additional contributions. With chapters by Federico Neiburg, Jane Guyer, Fabian Muniesa, Deborah James, Eugênia Motta, Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra, Mariana Luzzi, Ariel Wilkis, Horacio Ortiz, Gustavo Onto, Maxim Bolt, Caitlin Zaloom, Fernando Rabossi and Bill Maurer.
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The Real Economy

edited by Federico Neiburg & Jane I. Guyer

310 pp. | $25.00 order paperback | download open access PDF

"At a time of bewildering economic transformations, what a gift it is to read The Real Economy. Two brilliant scholars, Jane Guyer and Federico Neiburg, have assembled an international dream team of experts guiding us into new understandings of economic life. Mixing theoretical insight with fascinating ethnographic evidence, the essays take us along a memorable tour of the lived economic experience in the worlds of finance, households, currency exchanges, black economies and much more. By setting a new research agenda, the book will surely shape future cross-disciplinary research."
Viviana Zelizer | economic sociologist and author of Economic Lives: How Culture Shapes the Economy

This collection highlights a key metaphor in contemporary discourse about economy and society. The contributors explore how references to reality and the real economy are linked both to the utopias of collective well-being, supported by real monies and good economies, and the dystopias of financial bubbles and busts, in which people’s own lives “crash” along with the reality of their economies.

An ambitious anthropology of economy, this volume questions how assemblages of vernacular and scientific realizations and enactments of the economy are linked to ideas of truth and moral value; how these multiple and shifting realities become present and entangle with historically and socially situated lives; and how the formal realizations of the concept of the “real” in the governance of economies engage with the experiential lives of ordinary people. Featuring essays from some of the world’s most prominent economic anthropologists, The Real Economy is a milestone collection in economic anthropology that crosses disciplinary boundaries and adds new life to social studies of the economy.

Table of contents
Introduction: The real in the real economy
     Federico Neiburg and Jane Guyer
Chapter One: The live act of business and the culture of realization
     Fabian Muniesa
Chapter Two: Deductions and counter-deductions in South Africa
     Deborah James
Chapter Three: Resisting numbers: The favela as an (un)quantifiable reality
     Eugênia Motta
Chapter Four:  What is a ‘real’ transaction in high-frequency trading
     Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra
Chapter Five: Soybean, bricks, dollars, and the reality of money in Argentina
     Mariana Luzzi and Ariel Wilkis
Chapter Six: A political anthropology of finance in cross-border investment in Shanghai
     Horacio Ortiz
Chapter Seven: Corporate personhood and the competitive relation in antitrust
     Gustavo Onto
Chapter Eight: Making workers real on a South African border farm
     Maxim Bolt
Chapter Nine: How will we pay? Projective fictions and regimes of foresight in US college finance
     Caitlin Zaloom
Chapter Ten:  Smuggling realities: On numbers, borders, and performances
    Fernando Rabossi 
Afterword: The method of the real: What do we intend with ethnographic infrastructure?
     Bill Maurer

HAU Books Titles 2015-2018, and many more coming very soon

Available from the University of Chicago Press

Gifts and Commodities by Chris Gregory (with a foreword by Marilyn Strathern)
The Anti-Witch by Jeanne Favret-Saada (Translated by Matthew Carey with a foreword by Veena Das)
The Chimera Principle by Carlo Severi (Translated by Janet Lloyd with a foreword by David Graeber)
The Meaning of Money in China and the United States by Emily Martin (with a foreword by Eleana Kim and an afterword by Jane Guyer and Sidney Mintz)
Magic: A Theory from the South by Ernesto de Martino (Translated by Dorothy Louise Zinn)
Four Lectures on Ethics by Michael Lambek, Veena Das, Didier Fassin, and Webb Keane
Translating Worlds edited by William F. Hanks and Carlo Severi
The Relative Native by Eduardo Viveiros de Castro (with an afterword by Roy Wagner)
Comparing Impossibilities by Sally Falk Moore (with a foreword by John Borneman)
The Gift: Expanded Edition by Marcel Mauss (Selected, introduced, and translated by Jane I. Guyer and with a foreword by Bill Maurer)
Before and After Gender: Sexual Mythologies of Everyday Life by Marilyn Strathern (Edited with an introduction by Sarah Franklin, and with an afterword by Judith Butler)
Why We Play: An Anthropological Study by Roberte Hamayon (Translated by Damien Simon and with a foreword by Michael Puett)
The Sex Thieves: The Anthropology of a Rumor by Julien Bonhomme (Translated by Dominic Horsfall and with a foreword by Philippe Descola)
Dictionary of Indo-European Concepts and Society by Émile Benveniste (with a foreword by Giorgio Agamben)
Values of Happiness: Toward an Anthropology of Purpose in Life edited by Iza Kavedžija and Harry Walker
Reciprocity and Redistribution in Andean Civilizations: The 1969 Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures by John V. Murra (Prepared by Freda Yancy Wolf and Heather Lechtman)
World: An Anthropological Examination by João de Pina-Cabral (Malinowski Monographs Series) 
Ways of Baloma by Mark S. Mosko (Malinowski Monograph Series)
The Art of Life and Death by Andrew Irving (Malinowski Monograph Series)
Mistrust: An Ethnographic Theory by Matthew Carey (Malinowski Monograph Series)
From Hospitality to Grace: A Julian Pitt-Rivers Omnibus by Julian Pitt-Rivers, edited by Giovanni da Col and Andrew Shryock
On Kings by David Graeber and Marshall Sahlins
Two Lenins by Nikolai Ssorin-Chaikov (Malinowski Monograph Series)
The Fire of the Jaguar by Terence S. Turner (foreword by David Graeber)
The Owners of Kinship by Luiz Costa, with a foreword by Janet Carsten (Malinowski Monograph Series)

Acting for Others by Pascale Bonnemère, with a foreword by Marilyn Strathern
Being and Hearing by Peter Graif (Malinowski Monograph Series)
Capturing Imagination by Carlo Severi
Classic Concepts in Anthropology by Valerio Valeri
 – The HAU Books Editorial Team

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