BREE BLAKEMAN AAS PAPER 2013 1
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(personal effects, material goods, ‘stuff’) business: Affect/emotion and Yol
u exchange relations
What do emotion terms matter to the study of Aboriginal sociality and exchange? The study of affect/emotion is often considered a speciality topic or focus in anthropology. However, in this paper I argue that terms and concepts associated with affect/emotion are critical to a close appreciation of the way people consider value in material exchange. This paper centres around the following case study:
(Z) Batjikali had been running (what was recognised to be) a successful
(material goods, personal effects, ‘stuff’) business since before my arrival in camp. It was organised in such a way that she would purchase imported Indonesian clothing, bed-sheets, material, and other small-goods from Lynea [Lyn], a East Timorese small business owner who had a business in the nearby mining township. Batijikali had adopted Lyn (into the kinship system) as
(sister). Every four months or so Batjikali would purchase a number of large boxes full of goods from Lyn, often on ‘tick,’ or in exchange for Batjikali giving Lyn her bankcard to hold for an indefinite period of time with the pin number written on the back. Batjikali then sold the
at the nearby island community of Galuma, usually on the designated market day. She didn’t go on a regular basis for this purpose; more just when opportunity allowed. Given the nature of the universal or classificatory kinship system, Batjikali’s customers were almost exclusively close or extended kin.