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Frontier exchanges and territoriality in The Pedrera

Abstract : In small South Colombian frontier villages such as La Pedrera, forms of exchange are so diverse that it would be reductionist, from an anthropological point of view, to consider only the monetary (pecuniary) exchanges. In this boundary region of the Amazonian trapezium, most exchanges are carried out without the use of money and a lot of them can be considered as "barters" or "gifts" (Mauss 1967). In addition to the usual market relationships, many other kinds of exchange exist where things are exchanged without the use of money. After discussing the geographical and political characteristics of La Pedrera, we will examine the historical evolution of exchanges in this frontier zone; then we will show the progressive construction of exchange relationships between Whites and Indians from the 17th Century until now. Nowadays many exchanges can be considered as alternative techniques of exchange, that is as apart from monetary exchanges.
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Laurent Fontaine. Frontier exchanges and territoriality in The Pedrera. 2008. ⟨hal-03139776⟩



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