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Rethinking Classical Indo-Roman TradePolitical Economy of Eastern Mediterranean Exchange Relations$
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Rajan Gurukkal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199460854

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460854.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Theoretical Preliminaries and Methodology

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Rethinking Classical Indo-Roman Trade
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Rajan Gurukkal

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199460854.003.0001

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.

Keywords:   political economy, social formation, critical social theory, economic anthropology, exchange relations, forms of exchange

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