“Makes a significant new scholarly contribution to historical archaeologies of exchange by foregrounding intimate and alternative economic systems and the connections they inspire without distancing them from the processes of capitalism and globalization in which they operated.”—Krysta Ryzewski, coeditor of Contemporary Archaeology and the City: Creativity, Ruination, and Political Action
“Innovative and inspiring. Essential reading for historical archaeologists and others with an interest in intimate and informal economies.”—James Symonds, coeditor of Historical Archaeologies of Cognition: Explorations into Faith, Hope and Charity
Emphasizing the important social relationships that form between people who participate in small-scale economic transactions, contributors to this volume explore often-overlooked networks of intimate and shadow economies—terms used to describe trade that takes place outside formal market systems.
Case studies from a variety of historical contexts around the world reveal the ways such transactions have created community and identity, subverted power relations, and helped people adopt new social realities. In Maine, woven baskets sold by Native American artisans to Euroamerican consumers have supported Native strategies for cultural survival and agency. Alcohol exchanged by Scandinavian merchants for furs and skins enabled their indigenous trading partners to expand social webs that contested colonialism. Slave households on Caribbean sugar plantations contain evidence for trade networks that extended far beyond the boundaries of individual plantations.
From moonshiners in Appalachia to seal hunters in Antarctica, the examples in this volume show how historical archaeologists can use the concept of intimate economies to uncover deeply meaningful connections that exist beyond the traditional framework of global capitalism.
James A. Nyman is a professional archaeologist based in New England. Kevin R. Fogle is instructor of anthropology at the University of South Carolina. Mary C. Beaudry is professor of archaeology, anthropology, and gastronomy at Boston University. Together, they are the editors of Beyond the Walls: New Perspectives on the Archaeology of Historical Households.
Contributors: James A. Nyman | Mary C. Beaudry | Eleanor Conlin Casella | Jimena Cruz | Kevin R. Fogle | Kirk French | Heather Gibson | Marika Hyttinen | Titta Kallio-Seppä | Kenneth G. Kelly | Markku Kuorilehto | Ritva Kylli | Sami Lakomäki | Diana DiPaolo | Jade Luiz | Allison Manfra | Paul R. Mullins | Matthew C. Reilly | Melisa A. Salerno | Beverly A. Straube | Timo Ylimaunu | Andrés Zarankin