chapter  10
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Economic anthropology and the sociology of development: 'liberal' anthropology and its French critics

ByJohn Clammer

Firth's position explicitly, then, is that it is possible, on the basis of the general uniformity of human economic reactions, to employ the basic approach of economic analysis in primitive contexts, given that the relationship between primitive system and modern analysis is a dialogue in which both sides may come to be seen in a different light. This, I take it, is the reason behind Frankenberg characterizing Firth's position as 'neo-classical'.6 Let us expand this a little as it is the key to Firth's whole approach.