From Foreign to Domestic

The Politics of Exchange Value in Fiji

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This paper outlines a twofold concurrence of distinct ideas of value in material collected from Fiji: the coincidence of symbolic and exchange value, on the one hand, and their adoption in the spheres of political legitimation and ceremonial exchange, on the other. I argue, furthermore, that Fijian exchange items have witnessed a paradigm shift. Whilst mid-nineteenth-century whale teeth still derived their exchange value from their assumed foreign origin—just like the high chiefs of that day—they are today considered to have originated within Fiji rather than outside it. This shift in the value manifested in such items coincides with a historical change in the source of chiefly authority: the chiefs, too, are no longer ‘strangers’ to their people but rather the descendants of the ‘original’ chiefs to have ruled over the islands. I further argue that by discussing exchange value side by side with politics, it is possible to view notions of the ideal composition of society undergoing a change.
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LehtiSuomen Antropologi
Vuosikerta37
Numero2
Sivut65-74
Sivumäärä10
ISSN0355-3930
TilaJulkaistu - 2012
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  • 5143 Sosiaali- ja kulttuuriantropologia

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From Foreign to Domestic : The Politics of Exchange Value in Fiji. / Eräsaari, Matti.

julkaisussa: Suomen Antropologi, Vuosikerta 37, Nro 2, 2012, s. 65-74.

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