Peasant Pedlars and Professional Traders: Subsistence Trade in Rural Markets of Minahasa, Indonesia

Peasant Pedlars and Professional Traders: Subsistence Trade in Rural Markets of Minahasa, Indonesia
Date of publication:  1987
Publisher:  Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
Number of pages:  155
Code:  BM86
Hard Cover
ISBN: 9789971988951
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ISBN: 9789971988784
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About the publication

Trading in the rural areas of developing countries provides a valuable source of cash income, especially for small and landless peasants. In a case study of the village of Kakas in the province of North Sulawesi, Indonesia, the authors depict the colourful market scene of a village pasar, the selling and buying strategies of traders and customers, and the characteristics of supply and demand. They also shed light on the often-neglected non-economic aspects of the pasar, such as its value for local communication and its role in the formation of a new sense of local identity and solidarity. By means of studies of trader households this book also scrutinizes how rural households combine petty trade with other income-generating activities such as cash-cropping, subsistence production, wage labour, and even work as a civil servant. The authors also show how petty trade, though highly efficient, may well be an indicator of underdevelopment.

Contents

  • Peasant Pedlars and Professional Traders: Subsistence Trade in Rural Markets of Minahasa, Indonesia (hard cover)
    [Whole Publication, ISBN: 9789814379083]
  • Preliminary pages
  • 1. Introduction (UM)
  • 2. Field-Work Methodology (HB)
  • 3. Minahasa: Some Thoughts on the Region (HB)
  • 4. Kakas Village (UM)
  • 5. Pasar Kakas (UM)
  • 6. Trader Households (UM & HB)
  • 7. Part-Time & Permanent Traders (UM)
  • 8. Trading within the Strategy of Combined Economic Sectors (UM)
  • 9. The Efficient Substance Trader & the World Market (UM)
  • 10. Trading Past the Market-Place: The Case of the Cloves (UM)
  • 11. Socio-Economic Change and the Role of Traders in the Village (UM)
  • Bibliography

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