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The Play of TimeKodi Perspectives on Calendars, History, and Exchange$
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Janet Hoskins

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780520080034

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520080034.001.0001

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Exchanges over Time

Exchanges over Time

Continuities Between Past and Present

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The Play of Time

Janet Hoskins

University of California Press

This chapter explores the role that time plays in the determination of exchange value. Looking at data from the colonial period through the 1980s, it examines the importance of temporal intervals in individual and collective strategies of exchange in marriage, feasting, and funerals. The chapter offers both a critique of the “colonial perspective” on notions of interest and exchange, and a contribution to contemporary debates about temporality. P. Bourdieu's axiom that the play of time transforms ritualized exchange into a game of strategies is treated critically in two different ways in the chapter. Two sorts of time must be considered in constituting exchange value: biographical time, the time span of an individual life; and intergenerational time, which includes the relations of ancestors and descendants.

Keywords:   exchange value, marriage, feasting, funerals, interest, temporality, P. Bourdieu, time

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