Proper property or anti-fascist anthropology? the Trojan Horse of possession-based economies and modes of production as its Achilles' heel

Authors: Neveling, P.

Journal: Anthropological Theory

Volume: 17

Issue: 2

Pages: 239-254

eISSN: 1741-2641

ISSN: 1463-4996

DOI: 10.1177/1463499617716739

Abstract:

This commentary discusses Julien-Fran├žois Gerber and Rolf Steppacher's proposal for an anthropological engagement with the basic principles of possession-based economies. The empirical and analytical validity of the theory of ownership is dismissed. That theory mistranslates classics of economic anthropology into economics. The modes of production approach reveals that the theory of ownership's core claim is false - capitalism is not based on legal property but on inequality instead. Further, the theory of ownership's analysis of an absence of legal property in socialist economies and its recent alignment with far-right anti-migrant and Islamophobic ideologies are rejected. Accordingly, Gerber and Steppacher's theoretical and empirical assumption that possession-based economies are capitalism's opposite is false, as is their conception of basic principles and logics, which empties economic anthropology of an analysis of power and inequality. Alternatively, a historical anthropology of modes of production is proposed that is alert to and rejects co-optation by far-right ideology.

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Proper property or anti-fascist anthropology? The Trojan Horse of possession-based economies and modes of production as its Achilles' heel

Authors: Neveling, P.

Journal: ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY

Volume: 17

Issue: 2

Pages: 239-254

eISSN: 1741-2641

ISSN: 1463-4996

DOI: 10.1177/1463499617716739

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/35150/

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