Honor Among Thieves: Craftsmen, Merchants, and Associations in Roman and Late Roman Egypt
Honor Among Thieves examines associations of craftsmen in the framework of ancient economics and transaction costs. Scholars have long viewed such associations primarily as social or religious groups that provided mutual support, proper burial, and sociability, and spaces where nonelite individuals could seek status supposedly denied them in their contemporary society. However, the analysis presented here concentrates on how craftsmen, merchants, and associations interacted with each other and with elite and nonelite constituencies; managed economic, political, social, and legal activities; represented their concerns to the authorities; and acquired and used social capital—a new and important view of these economic engines.
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Chapter 1 Charters Transaction Costs and Trust
Chapter 2 The Business of Trust
Chapter 3 Reputation Management
Chapter 4 Reputation Rhetoric and Participation
Chapter 5 Associations in Legal Thought and Practice