Market as Place and Space of Economic Exchange: Perspectives from Archaeology and Anthropology [Paperback]

Hans Peter Hahn (Editor); Geraldine Schmitz (Editor)

ISBN: 9781785708930 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 256p, H240 x W170 (mm) b/w

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Market as Place and Space of Economic Exchange


In the context of commodification, material culture has particular properties hitherto considered irrelevant or neglected. First, the market is a spatial structure, assigning special properties to the things offered: the goods and commodities. Secondly, the market defines a principle of dealing with things, including them in some contexts, excluding them from others. The contributions to Market as Place and Space address a variety of aspects of markets within the framework of archaeological and anthropological case studies and with a special focus on the indicators of practices attached to the commodities and their valuation.

Table of Contents

Peter F. Bang, The market in context, trade in history: empire, bazaars and archaic consumption
Jessica A. Chelekis, Informal debt in Amazonia: Market relationships and the art of collecting payment
Hugo DeBlock, Back to my Roots: the ritual ground as a space for commodification in Vanuatu
Josué Diaz, The many meanings of the term ‘market’: an approach from the perspective of institutional economics
Hans Peter Hahn, Introduction: Markets as places and Catalysts for Exchange
Thomas Hahn, Crates and crates of Sigillata? The supply of Roman military camps with Italic Terra Sigillata
Keir Martin, ‘It was harder before: we lived by the market’: hopes and fears of a market-free future in East New Britain
Laura Picht, Beyond the market: considerations about the archaeological remains of exchange processes
Mahir Saul, Markets and Marketplaces in the West Africa: Non-Capitalist Exchange in the 19th Century
Geraldine Schmitz, An economy between the markets: the case of Tamale market, Northern Ghana
Ute Scholz, Built environment and consuming place: archaeological research on a medieval market in Tulln, Lower Austria
Ann B. Stahl, Market thinking: perspectives from Saharan and Atlantic West Africa
Katherine Szabo, Lapita shell ornaments as commodities? The impact of the Kula Ring on archaeological interpretations
Lukas Wiggering, Dealing with the ‘foreign’: the movement of artefacts in Bronze Age Europe

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