Peasant Pedlars and Professional Traders: Substance Trade in Rural Markets of Minahasa, Indonesia

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Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 1987 - Social Science - 155 pages

 Trading in the rural areas of developing countries provides a valuable source of cash income, especially for small and landless peasants. In a case study of the village of Kakas in the province of North Sulawesi, Indonesia, the authors depict the colourful market scene of a village pasar, the selling and buying strategies of traders and customers, and the characteristics of supply and demand. They also shed light on the often-neglected non-economic aspects of the pasar, such as its value for local communication and its role in the formation of a new sense of local identity and solidarity. By means of studies of trader households this book also scrutinizes how rural households combine petty trade with other income-generating activities such as cash-cropping, subsistence production, wage labour, and even work as a civil servant. The authors also show how petty trade, though highly efficient, may well be an indicator of underdevelopment.

 

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• Ulrich Mai is a member of the Sociology of Development Research Center at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, West Germany.

• Helmut Buchholt is also a member of the Sociology of Development Research Center at the Faculty of Sociology, University of Bielefeld, West Germany.

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