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Relative Customers: Demand-Sharing, Kinship and Selling in Solomon Islands

Anthropological Considerations of Production, Exchange, Vending and Tourism

ISBN: 978-1-78743-195-9, eISBN: 978-1-78743-194-2

ISSN: 0190-1281

Publication date: 10 August 2017

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Current negotiations over the meaning of buying, selling and taking are changing the values of contemporary sociality in Honiara, Port Vila, and other Melanesian cities. Tradestores simultaneously supply households with food and money, create a sense of sharing, and limit the demand-sharing and the taking of wantoks. Hence they create the conditions for the resolution of tensions over the incompatibility of values of kinship and market that confront the inhabitants of Melanesian cities. Household tradestores thus constitute a major site of these negotiations, and they provide a unique vantage point from which to look at the moral and economic processes that are leading to the future identity of urban Melanesia.

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Maggio, R. (2017), "Relative Customers: Demand-Sharing, Kinship and Selling in Solomon Islands", Anthropological Considerations of Production, Exchange, Vending and Tourism (Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol. 37), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 155-175. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0190-128120170000037008

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