The merit of the Tolai case study lies in the fact that "the schema of economic growth of small underdeveloped societies," which it represented, "when abstracted from its specific background," appeared to be "logically likely to fit other similar societies in Melanesia and elsewhere." Epstein is especially sensitive to the role of cultural traditions, giving her work importance in the field of economic anthropology. She has taken a substantivist as against a purely formalist view of the processes of economic development.
Table of Contents
Foreword viiAcknowledgments xiIntroduction xix1 The Tolai Scene 12 Primitive Capitalism 193 European Contact and Tolai Economic Development 344 Economic Change 545 Subsistence Consumption and Modern Capitalism 886 Cocoa Production and Sales 1147 Rabaul Market 1348 Conclusion 165Bibliography 177Index
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