Abstract and Keywords
This article discusses exchange as a process of interaction between two social personae creating a social contract. This process involves the establishment, negotiation, manipulation, and maintenance of social bonds and, through their performance and associated material objects, the formulation of new links between exchange partners. Artifact distributions do not designate or reflect spheres of interaction, but these objects should be perceived as active constituents in the creation of social relations. The geographical diversity of islands in the Caribbean archipelago promotes interaction between the different groups of people inhabiting this region. From a microscale, exchange establishes a social contract between the giver and receiver. The article discusses three categories of exchange, namely spouses, material wealth, and staples. These three categories are fundamental in exchange relations cross-culturally. The discussion describes general patterns of human interaction that can facilitate understanding of the interpersonal relationships, which are established through exchange.
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