Alternative Exchanges: Second-hand Circulations from the Sixteenth Century to the Present

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Laurence Fontaine
Berghahn Books, 2008 - Business & Economics - 270 pages
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Exchanges have always had more than economic significance: values circulate and encounters become institutionalized. This volume explores the changing meaning of the circulation of second-hand goods from the Renaissance to today, and thereby examines the blurring of boundaries between market, gifts, and charity. It describes the actors of the market - official entities such as corporations, recognized professions, and established markets but also the subterranean circulation that develops around the need for money. The complex layers that not only provide for numerous intermediaries but also include the many men and women who, as sellers or buyers, use these circulations on countless occasions are also examined.

 

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Contents

An Example from Late Renaissance
43
Prostitution and the Circulation of Secondhand Goods
61
Armies as Sites
76
The Exchange of Secondhand Goods between Survival
97
The Conventions of Renewing
115
Overlooked Aspects of Modern Collecting
165
The Secondhand Car Market as a Form of Resistance
186
Utopia Postponed? The Rise and Fall of Barter Markets
208
The International Second
221
Conclusion
235
Notes on Contributors
263
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Laurence Fontaine studied History and Sociology at Paris-Sorbonne University and was appointed by the C.N.R.S. in 1989. She was Professor in the History Department of the European University Institute, Florence, Italy from 1995 until 2003 and is currently Directrice de Recherche in the C.N.R.S., attached to the EHESS in Paris.

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