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Economics and Exchange

Lynn H. Gamble

in The Chumash World at European Contact

Published by University of California Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780520254411
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942684 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254411.003.0008
Economics and Exchange

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This chapter discusses the Chumash economic network and its organization of power, which was considered integral to the system. It first looks at the contexts of exchange, which normally included food and raw materials. The chapter then examines shell beads and indicators of wealth and rank, and presents several theoretical considerations about Chumash exchange. It also discusses canoes, which were used to make exchanges between the mainland and other settlements, the available centers of exchange, prestige goods, and network power.

Keywords: economic network; organization of power; contexts of exchange; shell beads; Chumash exchange; canoes; centers of exchange; prestige goods; network power

Chapter.  10401 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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