Primitive Trade: In Psychology and Economics
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co, Ltd
191 pages with bibliography and index. Octavo (8 3/4" x 6") issued in blue cloth with gilt lettering to spine and ruled edge to front cover. 1st edition.
this work embodies in somewhat condensed form the author's theory of value. It is really a study of the psychology and philosophy of the market. As the author points out, the subject matter might apply equally well to anthropology, psychology, sociology or economic history. Justification fo the title Primitive Trade lies in the large number of illustrations of trading and bartering practices of primitive peoples as drawn from the literature bearing on the subject. Introduction of anthropological data rather than illustrative material drawn from the historical peoples is, according to the author, based on the realization that the latter have already swung into one particular line of development and thus do not afford the variety of examples necessary to convince. A study of economic behavior is, th the contrary, best illustrated by concrete examples drawn from primitive peoples who have been subjected to a wide variety of environment and circumstances. Behavioristic psychology is of little value in studying the development of the market among primitive peoples. (American Anthropologist, New Series, Volume 30, Number 1 (Jan. - Mar., 1928), pages. 166-169)
Corners bumped and rubbed, spine heal lightly rubbed, page ends soiled, previous owner's name on front end paper else a very good copy lacking jacket.
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