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The Meaning of Money in China and the United States: The 1986 Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures
by Emily Martin
foreword by Eleana J. Kim
HAU, 2015
eISBN: 978-1-912808-12-0 | Paper: 978-0-9905050-2-0
Library of Congress Classification HG1285.M37 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 332.4951


When Emily Martin delivered the annual Lewis Henry Morgan Lectures at the University of Rochester in 1986, she took as her subject the meaning of money in China and the United States. Though the topic is of perennial interest—and never more so than in our era, when economic forecasts of China’s growing economy generate shallow news stories and public fear—the lectures were never edited for publication, so their rich analysis has been unavailable to anthropologists ever since.

With this book—the first volume in a collaboration between Hau Books and the University of Rochester—Martin’s lectures are brought back, fully edited and richly illustrated. A new introduction by Martin herself brings her analysis wholly up to date, while an afterword by Jane I. Guyer and Sidney Mintz discusses Martin’s work, influence, and legacy. The Meaning of Money in China and the United States will instantly assume its rightful place as a classic in the field, with Martin’s insights as germane and productive as they were nearly thirty years ago.

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