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The spiritual commons: Some immaterial aspects of community economies in eastern Indonesia

McWilliam, Andrew


Informed by anthropologist Stephen Gudeman's dialect between the interacting realms of community and market economies, I seek in this article to focus on aspects of the commons and the shared values of a community that might be referred to as the 'spiritual commons'. The phrase speaks specifically to the ideas and practices that guide the ritual and spiritual elements of social life. I argue that the spiritual commons is not a realm set apart from economic life but integral to its reproduction....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Anthropology, The
DOI: 10.1111/j.1757-6547.2009.00024.x


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