Using an anthropological perspective and a broader social context we will begin to understand how bankers function.

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This article titled “What the kula traders of New Guinea can teach us about financial markets” was written by Keir Martin, for guardian.co.uk on Monday 23rd April 2012 11.46 UTC

In his recent column, Aditya Chakrabortty observes that the current financial crisis should represent a crisis of legitimacy for the “narrow, straitened form of economics” that both helped to create the meltdown and failed to see it coming. But in contrast to previous crises, other voices have failed to make themselves heard, leaving the field free for the reassertion of neoliberal economic perspectives that were roundly discredited only five years ago.

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