market relationships and market performance in Northeast Brazil

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This paper analyzes a large regional market for fruits and vegetables in Northeast Brazil. A single production zone, with its local network of middlemen, supplies three major urban centers. As in many other markets where risk is high and information restricted, these middlemen have developed “equilibrating” relationships to impose order on an uncertain environment. These relationships and their underlying logic are discussed here. These patterns of dyadic ties are related to individual success in the market and to the performance of the market system as a whole. The analysis suggests that market participants use familiar social instruments —such as reciprocity—to make sense of an uncertain economic environment. 1988 American Anthropological Association

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)694-709
Number of pages16
JournalAmerican Ethnologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 1988

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  • Anthropology


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