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Barter and Social Regeneration in the Argentinean Andes

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Barter and Social Regeneration in the Argentinean Andes

Olivia Angé

236 pages, 22 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-682-9 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (September 2018)

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“Written in accessible and engaging prose, Olivia Angé’s recent book Barter and Social Regeneration in the Argentinean Andes is an excellent introduction to a hitherto understudied exchange -practice…While economic anthropologists should no longer be surprised by the claim that barter is social, Angé is persuasive in arguing for a more nuanced appreciation of this ‘blanket category’. Her work breathes new life and complexity into old tropes, making a strong case for barter’s continued study.” • Anthropos

“A subtle weaving between the clarity of theory and the richness of detail, Angé’s work has significance far beyond its regional trap- pings, and makes a powerful contribution to our understanding of the production of value at work in the medium of exchange.” • Social Anthropology

“Olivia Angé has crafted an engaging, insightful, and timely work that constitutes an important contribution to Andean/Latin American Studies, economic and religious anthropology, and the study of exchange. The author artfully weaves an edifying tapestry of the performativity of regional fairs among Kolla people of Argentina.” • David Berliner, Université Libre de Bruxelles


Despite the pervasiveness of barter across societies, this mode of transaction has largely escaped the anthropologist’s gaze. Drawing on data from fairs in the Argentinean Andes, this book explores fairs’ embeddedness within religious celebration, arguing that barter is addressed as a sacrifice to catholic figures and local ancestors, and thus challenging a widespread view of barter as a non-monetary form of commodity exchange. Issues of value, identity, and exchange are considered, furthering our understanding of how social groups create themselves through material circulation.

Olivia Angé is Associate Professor in Economic Anthropology at the Université libre de Bruxelles. She specializes in the study of material circulation, agriculture, and value creation in the Andes. Since 2005, she has conducted extensive fieldwork on barter fairs in the Argentinean cordillera. She is the co-author (with David Berliner) of Anthropology and Nostalgia (Berghahn, 2014).

Subject: Anthropology (General) Political and Economic Anthropology
Area: Latin America and the Caribbean


List of Illustrations


Chapter 1. Household Economy in an Argentinean Highland Village
Chapter 2. Historical Perspectives on Andean Fairs
Chapter 3. The Fair: A Religious Gathering of People and Goods
Chapter 4. Modalities of Transations at Fairs
Chapter 5. Barter and the Making of Society



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