Kinship and the Self-Organization of Exchange in Small-Scale Societies

Author(s): James Allison

Year: 2017


Circulation of material goods is common in small-scale societies. Even where exchange is not coordinated above the level of the household, goods produced in one area are consistently conveyed to distant settlements. Numerous ethnographic studies demonstrate that exchange transactions are common among kin, and that the circulation of goods in small-scale societies is structured by kinship ties. From an individual’s point of view, the number of kinfolk available to exchange with and where they live strongly affect access to non-local goods. This paper explores the interrelationships among kin networks, settlement organization, and exchange using agent-based modelling, ethnographic studies, and archaeological data.

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Kinship and the Self-Organization of Exchange in Small-Scale Societies. James Allison. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430950)


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min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

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Abstract Id(s): 16196