Circle of Goods

SUNY PressSKU: 079145536X

Author:
Berman, Tressa
Grade Levels:
College, University
Nation:
Plains
Book Type:
PB
Pages:
154
Publisher:
SUNY Press

Price:
Sale price$52.95
Stock:
In stock

Description

Circle of Goods: Women, Work, and Welfare in a Reservation Community compiles the stories of Native American women and examines their kinship, wage work, and informal economies. Responding to the upheavals of reservation life brought about by federal policiesùfrom commodity rations to welfare reformùMandan, Hidatsa and Arikara women, each with distinct histories and cultural practices, stand at the center of the Fort Berthold reservation economy. Berman introduces the concept of ceremonial relations of production to explain the contradictory effects of economic incentives and cultural commitments, and argues that the historical movement of people and goods through a series of structured dependencies often gives rise to creative strategies for survival and new social identities.

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