Chapter

Circuits of Power

Douglas C. Comer

in Ritual Ground

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1996 | ISBN: 9780520204294
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520918702 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520204294.003.0007
Circuits of Power

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This chapter examines how the panoptic connections between political and economic interests in the East and trading partners of Bent and St. Vrain Company were finally accomplished. It contends that the connections were accomplished through ritual means because the ritual exchange between the Bent brothers and Native Americans established fictive kinship relations which were strengthened by establishing real kinship relations through marriage or adoption. The ritual interaction here cemented relations between those with common economic interests, a phenomenon that can be traced to its origin in eighteenth-century Britain.

Keywords: panoptic connections; economic interests; St. Vrain; trading partners; Bent brothers; ritual exchange; Native Americans; kinship relations; Britain

Chapter.  8358 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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