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42 Alternative Views of Economy in Economic Anthropology I. V. Chesnov, 'Comment on Situational Logic', Current Anthropology, 17, 3, 1976. Y. Cohen, 'Culture as adaptation', in Y. ), Man in Adaptationthe Cultural Present (Chicago: Aldine, 1968). S. Cook, 'The obsolete anti-market mentality: A critique of the substantive approach to economic anthropology', American Anthropologist, 68, 232-45, 1966. S. Cook, 'Economic Anthropology: Problems in Theory, Method and Analysis', in J. J. ), Handbook of Social and Cultural Anthropology (Chicago: Rand McNally, 1973).
It would not deny that choice-making activity is involved in economic processes, but would argue that certain choices are included in the material means provisioning process in a given society, while others are not. In sum, there are fundamental differences between formal and substantive approaches to economic anthropology which make them difficult to synthesise. THE EXCHANGE THEORY-PRODUCTION THEORY POLEMIC The exchange theory-production theory polemic has a number of similar overtones to the formalist-substantivist polemic discussed above.
52) This kind of absurdity leads Godelier to conclude that progress in economic anthropology requires that one gets away from the 'dead end of formalism' (Godelier, 1978, p. 54). The French school is equally severe on the substantive orientation, with which it has a number of similarities. Dupre and Rey argue that J. 175). The substantive view of economy as instituted process, in their view, opposes the market economy to all other economies, and they criticise the substantivists for not even questioning the market system to set up a general problematic.
Beyond the New Economic Anthropology by John Clammer