Exchanges over Time

Janet Hoskins

in The Play of Time

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 1994 | ISBN: 9780520080034
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520919136 | DOI:
Exchanges over Time

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This chapter explores the role that time plays in the determination of exchange value. Looking at data from the colonial period through the 1980s, it examines the importance of temporal intervals in individual and collective strategies of exchange in marriage, feasting, and funerals. The chapter offers both a critique of the “colonial perspective” on notions of interest and exchange, and a contribution to contemporary debates about temporality. P. Bourdieu's axiom that the play of time transforms ritualized exchange into a game of strategies is treated critically in two different ways in the chapter. Two sorts of time must be considered in constituting exchange value: biographical time, the time span of an individual life; and intergenerational time, which includes the relations of ancestors and descendants.

Keywords: exchange value; marriage; feasting; funerals; interest; temporality; P. Bourdieu; time

Chapter.  12563 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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