Richard Wilk's Articles and Papers Online
Most everything here has been published previously.
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important is Theory in Economic Anthropology? This paper suggests that
theoretical consistency is often dangerous, and an impediment to good empirical
research. I contrast the use of theory by Consumer Researchers and Anthropologists
studying consumption. Presented at the 1998 Society for
Economic Anthropology Meetings, and the 1998 American Anthropological
This paper discusses some of the contradictions and possibilities encompassed within the concept of "sustainability." It identifies some of the key variables that affect the outcome of technology transfer, and addresses ethical and political issues that affect the sustainability of both indigenous and innovative technologies. The paper argues that the social context of the introduction and use of a technology is as important as the physical and economic characteristics of the technology itself. A collaborative methodology for generation of new technologies based on both indigenous and scientific knowledge is discussed. Building on older concepts of appropriate technology, the concept of "hybrid technology" is proposed and developed through a series of examples.
Is dislike the mirror of desire? Or is it something else? More interesting, more complex? Published in Consumption, Marketing and Culture in 1997.
The world is
changing in ways that make the old styles of village studies look inadequate.
This paper got people at the Society for Economic Anthropology
A paper I gave at a UNESCO
results of some of my work in
A paper originally
presented at the AAA meetings in 1994, this gives a brief summary of the kinds
of work I have done on beauty pageants in
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