Alternative Exchanges: Second-Hand Circulations from the Sixteenth Century to the Present

TitleAlternative Exchanges: Second-Hand Circulations from the Sixteenth Century to the Present
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2008
Series EditorFontaine, Laurence
Number of Pages270
PublisherBerghahn Books
CityNew York

Exchanges have always had more than economic significance: values circulate and encounters become institutionalized. This volume explores the changing meaning of the circulation of second-hand goods from the Renaissance to today, and thereby examines the blurring of boundaries between market, gifts, and charity. It describes the actors of the market - official entities such as corporations, recognized professions, and established markets but also the subterranean circulation that develops around the need for money. The complex layers that not only provide for numerous intermediaries but also include the many men and women who, as sellers or buyers, use these circulations on countless occasions are also examined [WorldCat.]

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Second-hand dealers in the early modern low countries: institutions, markets and practices, Harald Deceulaer 
Using things as money: an example from late renaissance Rome, Renata Ago
Prostitution and the circulation of second-hand goods in early modern Rome, Tessa Storey
"The magazine of all their pillaging": armies as sites of second-hand exchanges during the French wars of religion, Brian Sandberg
The exchange of second-hand goods between survival strategies and "business" in eighteenth-century Paris, Laurence Fontaine
Uses of the used: the conventions of renewing and exchanging goods in French provincial aristocracy, Valérie Pietri 
The scope and structure of the nineteenth-century second-hand trade in the Parisian clothes market,  Manuel Charpy 
"What goes 'round comes 'round": second-hand clothing, furniture and tools in working-class lives in the interwar USA, Susan Porter Benson
Moving on: overlooked aspects of modern collecting, Jackie Goode 
The second-hand car market as a form of resistance, Bernard Jullien
Utopia postponed? The rise and fall of barter markets in Argentina, 1995-2004, Ruth Pearson
Charity, commerce, consumption: the international second-hand clothing trade at the turn of the millennium--focus on Zambia, Karen Tranberg Hansen

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