Cartography of Exchanges

Working paper de Philippe Steiner

In this article, I examine the main typologies of transaction that have been built from Auguste Comte to Karl Polanyi, Marcel Mauss, and Philippe Descola. Then, I suggest to reconsidering Polanyi's typology, the most common in contemporary economic sociology, and to limit the time span to modern societies. Accordingly, it is possible to map seven forms of transaction and the related institutions at work in our societies. In conclusion,

The author

Philippe Steiner is a professor of sociology at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. Researcher at GEMASS, he conducts his research on economic sociology and the history of the social sciences. He recently published Donner ... A History of Altruism (Presses Universitaires de France, 2016) and co-directed with S. Naulin Solidarity with distance. When the gift passes through organizations, (Presses universitaires du Midi, 2016).


Philippe Steiner. Cartographie des ́echanges. FMSH-WP-2014-66, GeWoP-7. 2014.<halshs-00992272>

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16 May 2014

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