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Embodying Exchange: Materiality, Morality and Global Commodity Chains in Andean Commerce

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Volume 11

The Human Economy

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Embodying Exchange

Materiality, Morality and Global Commodity Chains in Andean Commerce

Juliane Müller

274 pages,

ISBN  978-1-80539-263-7 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (February 2024)

eISBN 978-1-80539-264-4 eBook

https://doi.org/10.3167/9781805392637


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“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. It analyzes a relevant topic that hasn't been investigated so far: the commercial link between technology multinationals and 'popular' markets.” • Matías Dewey, University of St. Gallen

Description

Addressing the infrastructural, social and legal complexities of a global commodity chain, this book uses an ethnographic analysis of the encounter between multinational corporations and popular traders in the Bolivian Andes. It offers a situated account of the everyday work of chain (un)making, and practices of translation, accommodation and contention. It highlights traders’ collective action, understanding of economic concepts and regulatory principles, and traces the circulation of goods and money beyond market exchange. All in all, it aims to comprehend the reproduction of the native trading system amid global connections, and to humanize our understanding of the economy by grounding it in everyday life, bottom-up socio-material infrastructures 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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