Dani Economy - Essay Topic

We have identified a number of exchange categories in the Dani economy, including trade, prestige, warfare, and marriage payment.

  1. Attempt to classify each specific exchange in terms of the basic forms (generalized reciprocity, balanced reciprocity, negative reciprocity, redistribution, and market exchange) and
  2. associate these processes with the basic order of Dani society according to the following table:
Can you make the same kind of correspondence between forms of exchange and social distance that we have applied to the Yanomamo situation?
Form of Exchange  Social Group Involved  Principle of Exchange 
Marriage Transfers ? ?
Prestige Exchanges ? ?
Trade ? ?
Ritual Warfare ? ?
Secular Warfare  ? ?

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