Introduction to Special Issue: Value, Values, and Anthropology

Daniel Souleles*, Matthew Archer, Morten Sørensen Thaning

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Anthropologists have spent tremendous effort developing value theory. We might generally understand value theory as a form of social theory concerned with what groups of people find important or worthwhile in life; how those groups of people, via their relationships, identify, seek, and create that which is valuable; how ideas of value and worth inhere in people and things; and how those people and things then circulate and meet other universes of value. This introduction specifically, and this special issue more generally, seeks to build on this bedrock conception of value theory to offer a series of implications and considerations one should take on board when thinking about value. We suggest that these considerations will allow social researchers to more ably understand the pressing issues that motivate their investigations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic Anthropology
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)162-168
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • Crisis
  • Value
  • Value theory
  • Values

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