Entangled Objects: Exchange, Material Culture, and Colonialism in the Pacific

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Harvard University Press, Jun 1, 2009 - Business & Economics - 276 pages
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Interesting insights and nuances on the commodity/gift dichotomy.

Contents

Objects Exchange Anthropology
7
Prestations and Ideology
9
The Inalienability of the Gift
14
Immobile Value
22
The Promiscuity of Objects
27
A Surplus of Theories
30
The Permutations of Debt Exchange Systems in the Pacific
35
Alienation in Melanesian Exchange
37
The Whale Tooth Trade and Fijian Politics
110
Prior Systems and Later Histories
118
The European Appropriation of Indigenous Things
125
Colonialism in Its Infancy
126
The Material Culture of Christian Missions
149
Settlers Curios
160
Ethnology and the Vision of the State
165
Artifacts as Tokens of Industry
173

Debts and Valuables in Fiji and the Marquesas
59
Valuables with and without Histories
65
The Origin of Whale Teeth
69
Value Conversion versus Competition in Kind
75
The Indigenous Appropriation of European Things
83
The Allure of Barter
84
The Musket Economy in the Southern Marquesas
100
The Representation of the Foreign
103
The Name of Science
175
The Discovery of the Gift Exchange and Identity in the Contemporary Pacific
183
Transformations of Fijian Ceremonies
187
The Disclosure of Reciprocity
198
Discoveries
202
Notes
209
Index
255
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