Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1977

Keywords

modes of production, supranational system

Abstract

Traces human "modes of production" from primate tool use through a number of stages "upward" to the supranational system, seen as the latest "mode of production." This article presents theoretical aspects pretty well, but was widely misunderstood -- capitalists still thought I was bringing down the West, and Marxists throught I was being too kind to the corporations.

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In 1974, I was asked to present a paper at the 141st annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, New York, January 1975, as part of a very anthropological symposium "The Mode of Production: Method and Theory." which traced human “modes of production” from primate tool use through a number of stages “upward” to the supranational system, seen as the latest "mode of production."

My paper entitled “The Supranational Organization of Production,” was the capstone of that AAAS symposium, and was in a few years published as “The Supranational Organization of Production”[ Current Anthropology 18:4 (1977): 615-636] In this collection, the article is presented along with the comments by twenty-some scholars in what, at the time, was called “CA* Treatment” It presents the theoretical aspects quite well, but it was widely misunderstood – capitalists still thought I was bringing down the West, and Marxists thought I was being too kind to the corporations. Also, that was a very early date to be able to say much about network analysis.

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