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The Native World-System

An Ethnography of Bolivian Aymara Traders in the Global Economy

Nico Tassi

Publication Date - 15 March 2016

ISBN: 9780190255220

256 pages
5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches

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A nuanced ethnography of the Bolivian Aymara trading system--one of the most up-and-coming forms of indigenous entrepreneurship on the American continent


Based on years of fieldwork, this ethnography of the Bolivian Aymara trading system and its networks and economic strategies examines one of the most up-and-coming forms of indigenous entrepreneurship on the American continent, in a region where the indigenous population is still stigmatized for being associated with poverty and backward ways. In doing so, it illuminates a critical dynamic of globalization that is taking place behind the scenes. By analyzing Aymara economic institutions and networks and their concepts and practices of business management, The Native World-System describes a system in which indigenous sociopolitical structures and religious values and beliefs are interwoven with an advanced economic practice, specialized technological know-how, and global networks.

The Native World-System is a volume in the ISSUES OF GLOBALIZATION: CASE STUDIES IN CONTEMPORARY ANTHROPOLOGY series, which examines the experiences of individual communities in our contemporary world. Each volume offers a brief and engaging exploration of a particular issue arising from globalization and its cultural, political, and economic effects on certain peoples or groups.

About the Author(s)

Nico Tassi is a Research Associate at University College London and at the Centro de Investigaciónes Sociales (CIS) in La Paz, Bolivia.


"This masterful project significantly advances the study of the global economy and especially emerging relationships between Latin America and China. It illuminates a critical dynamic that is taking place behind the scenes, but that affects the public in myriad ways--the ultimate gift of the anthropological perspective."--Caroline S. Conzelman, University of Colorado Boulder

Table of Contents

    Introduction: "On our own terms": Indigenous Traders in the Global economy

    1. Indigenous institutions regulating "popular" markets
    2. Kinship networks as chains of supply and distribution
    3. The Chinese Connection: An insterstitial global economy "under the radar of the law"
    4. "Revolving capital": Aymara cosmoeconomics in global trading practices
    5. "Individual captial" and collective relations in business administration
    6. The economic strategies of the Aymara world-system
    7. The upsurge of Aymara traders: An indigenous project of social affirmation


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