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Materiality, Morality and Global Commodity Chains in Andean Commerce
ISBN 978-1-80539-263-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (February 2024)
eISBN 978-1-80539-264-4 eBook
“The main strength of the book is its detailed description of interactions with multinational electronics companies who are rendered dependent on the powerful traders of Huyustus … one of the most exciting aspects of this book was that it is based on long-term and multi-site fieldwork.” • Kate Maclean, University College London
“It is a highly interesting book based on a well-researched phenomenon.” • Matías Dewey, University of St. Gallen
Addressing the infrastructural, legal and moral complexities in contemporary world trade, this book uses an ethnographic analysis of the interface of multinational brand manufacturers and popular traders in the Bolivian Andes. It offers a situated account of traders’ understanding of regulatory principles, and traces commercial dynamics beyond the limits of what we define as economic. It aims to humanize our understanding of the economy by grounding it in everyday life and morality.
Juliane Müller is Professor of Social Anthropology (Serra Húnter Programme) at the University of Barcelona. This is her fourth monograph, the first in English.
Subject: Political and Economic AnthropologyDevelopment Studies
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean
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