Theoretical Preliminaries and Methodology
The chapter discusses theoretical preliminaries of the study and states its methodology. Critical political economy and the theory of social formation besides the relevant concepts of economic anthropology constitute the theoretical part. A discussion of critical social theory of exchange relations in general and trade in particular forms the central component. What it seeks to underline is that one can study exchange relations effectively only by understanding the interconnection between the nature of social organization and form of exchange. It ends by stating that this homology between the form of exchange and the social formation, together with insights of theories in economic anthropology, constitutes the principal framework of comprehension and the hermeneutic component of methodology.
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