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Competing circuits in the Vava'u social economy

Morgan, Robert Christopher


The social economy of the Vava'u Islands in northern Tonga combines an older gift circuit of production and distribution with a strengthening commodity circuit. Asymmetrical transfer of gifts is an integral part of the Tongan system of stratification by Estate where lords, churches and people possess different jural rights. The commodity economy requires greater use of the net product to create and sustain production. This thesis examines the relationship between gift and...[Show more]

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Date published: 1985-10
Type: Thesis (PhD)


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