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An Anthropological Perspective
PRESTIGE – Exchange at ceremonies: Slaves, cattle, ritual office, Medicine, Magic, Brass Rods = General Purpose Money within the sphere; Do not enter market sphere
SUBSISTENCE – barter
The Trobrianders maximize prestige
to make trading partner generous
exchanged within a
away in ceremony,
value is now in the
The ideal is the conversion of goods into a higher, prestige sphere