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Title: Between Gifts and Commodities: Commercial Enterprise and the Trader's Dilemma on Wallis ('Uvea)
Authors: van der Grijp, Paul
Keywords: trade
entrepreneurship
village shop
supermarket
gifts
Wallis
'Uvea
Polynesia
LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Van der Grijp, P. 2003. Between Gifts and Commodities: Commercial Enterprise and the Trader's Dilemma on Wallis ('Uvea). The Contemporary Pacific 15 (2): 277-307.
Abstract: Recently, the model of the trader’s dilemma was developed as an analytical perspective
and applied to Southeast Asia. This article seeks to apply the model in
Western Polynesia, where many islanders, after earning wages in Australia, New
Zealand, the United States, or New Caledonia, return to open a small shop in
their home village. Usually, after one or two years of generous sharing, such enterprises
have to close down. Here, I analyze this phenomenon through case studies
of successful indigenous entrepreneurs on Wallis (‘Uvea), with special attention
to strategies they have used to cope with this dilemma.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/13738
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific ], 2003 - Volume 15, Number 2



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