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The hybrid economy and anthropological engagements with policy discourse: a brief reflection

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posted on 2024-06-03, 23:45 authored by J Altman
This article advocates a crucial role for economic anthropology in the twenty-first century. The use of anthropological techniques for primary data collection is essential for understanding the complexity of diverse local economies. This is demonstrated with reference to a remote Aboriginal economy in Arnhem Land, Northern Australia, using a 'hybrid economy' model that includes the customary sector as well as market and state sectors. This empirically grounded model is contrasted with a very different theoretical construct: the 'real' economy that is dominating Indigenous affairs policy discourse. Although the hybrid economy model is currently subordinated, mainly for ideological reasons, examples are provided to demonstrate its policy and legal influences.

History

Journal

Australian journal of anthropology

Volume

20

Pagination

318-329

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

1035-8811

eISSN

1757-6547

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Australian Anthropological Society

Issue

3

Publisher

Wiley-Blackwell