Opinions: The Anthropology of Finance

  • Daromir Rudnyckyj
  • Aihwa Ong
  • Hirokazu Miyazaki
  • Benjamin Lee
  • Melissa S. Fisher


One of the more salutory effects of the financial crisis in 2007-8 has been the realization, even by some economists, that numbers do not explain everything and that social forms and relations also play a major part in financial trading. Here anthropologists (and some sociologists) have come to the fore. The JBA therefore asked a number of scholars to write an opinion piece about different aspects of the anthropology of finance that interested them. Here is what some of them kindly contributed.