WealthWealth usually refers to money and property. It is the abundance of objects of value and also the state of having accumulated these objects. The use of the word itself assumes some socially-accepted means of identifying objects, land, or money as "belonging to" someone, i.e. a broadly accepted notion of property and a means of protection of that property that can be invoked with minimal (or, ideally, no) effort and expense on the part of the owner. Concepts of wealth vary among societies.
The Anthropological view of Wealth
Anthropology characterizes societies, in part, based on a society's concept of wealth, and the institutional structures and power used to protect this wealth. Several types are defined below. They can be viewed as an evolutionary progression.
A rudimentary notion of wealth
The interpersonal concept of wealth
Wealth as the accummulation of non-necessities
Wealth as control of arable land
The capitalist notion of wealth
Other Concepts of Wealth
The non-normative concept of wealth
Non financial wealth
The Creation of Wealth
The Limits to Wealth Creation
The Distribution of wealth