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Research in Economic Anthropology

ISSN: 0190-1281

Editor: Dr. Donald Wood
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Series Editor Dr Donald Wood introduces the series

Research in Economic Anthropology (REA) is the longest-running book series exclusively dedicated to economic anthropology, and enjoys a high reputation as a promoter of “the comparative study – though time and space – of economic systems in their broader sociocultural context”, as editors Dannhaeuser and Werner described their aim in the introduction to Volume 21 (2002, p. 1).

The series was originally a publication of JAI Press (Greenwich, Connecticut) and was edited by George Dalton, close associate of noted economic historian Karl Polanyi.  Under the editorship of Dalton, REA carried both previously published material and original research reports and essays.  Barry Isaac of the University of Cincinnati, who edited Volumes 6 through 20, began the policy of including only original material in the series, and made special efforts to promote greater involvement of archaeology in the study of human economic behavior. Norbert Dannhaeuser and Cynthia Werner, of Texas A&M University, took over editorship from Volume 21, and Donald C. Wood, of Akita University (Japan), has been series editor since the publication of Volume 25.  There have also been guest-edited volumes in the series recently – notably Volumes 23 (2004) and 27 (2008). 

As an anthropological series, REA is especially concerned with empirical ethnographic research, but more theory-oriented essays and reviews are also accepted for consideration, as are submissions by non-anthropologists. Most volumes are the result of open-theme calls for papers, but some volumes center on certain themes.  For example, Volume 35 will focus on the economic aspects of climate change.  REA is sponsored by the Society for Economic Anthropology (SEA), a section of the American Anthropological Association. Many well-known economic anthropologists and members of SEA have contributed works for the series.  Today, with its considerable momentum, REA continues to promote economic anthropology and improve our understanding of human economic behavior. All papers in REA are subject to double-blind peer review.

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Just published

The Economics of Ecology, Exchange, and Adaptation: Anthropological Explorations, Volume 36
Edited by: Donald C. Wood, Akita University

This volume consists of three sections connected by the elucidation of differences in perspective between people and polities. The first, concentrating on ecology, serves in part to further explore the theme of climate change. The second section focuses on exchange transactions and relations in a variety of situations and settings: among Nigerian immigrant business owners in New York City, along the path of the famous Koh-i-noor Diamond from India to the Tower of London, and between dealers and buyers in illegal narcotics markets in the Eastern, Midwestern, and Pacific Northwestern USA. Finally, papers in the third section share a concern with individual and group adaptations to certain conditions of life. Offered are investigations into relations between stock brokers and professional investors in Malaysia, attempts to foster innovation in Western Japan, women's farming strategies and autonomy in Western Kenya, and alternative healing decisions and practices in Brazil.

Call for Papers, Volume 38

Anthropological papers with an economic focus are now being sought for Volume 38 of REA, scheduled for publication in 2018.

Although a broad range of articles and essays can be accepted for consideration, preference will be granted to manuscripts that draw on original ethnographic or archaeological research (i.e., empirical case studies).

Submissions should be under 10,000 words. They should be sent directly to the editor as MS Word files, attached to an email message. Initial submissions should be 2x or 1.5x spaced, and all images/figures (with captions) need to be included in the document. An abstract of 100-200 words is also needed, and all works cited should be included in a references section at the end. Self-identification should be avoided if possible.

Please submit manuscripts to: Donald C. Wood, wood (at)

Deadline: 1st August 2017 

Contact the Editorial Team

Series Editor
Donald Wood,
Akita University
wood (at)

Emma Stevenson

Editorial Advisory Board

Jeffrey Cohen, The Ohio State University 
Geert De Neve, University of Sussex
Jumpei Ichinosawa, Miyagi Gakuin Women's University
Carolyn Lesorogol, Washington University in St. Louis
Ty Matejowsky, University of Central Florida
Atsuro Morita, Osaka University
Lionel Obadia, Université Lyon 2
Noel B. Salazar, University of Leuven
Cynthia Werner, Texas A&M University
Tamar Diana Wilson, University of Missouri

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