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Pottery, Livelihoods, and Landscapes

A Case Study from the Peruvian Andes

Authors: Bell, Martha G.

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  • Offers a unique detailed description of pottery as a livelihood activity in Northern Peru
  • Includes analysis of handicraft production in relation to the regional geography of agricultural production
  • Based on detailed interviews with potters and pottery traders
  • Provides findings relevant for geography, anthropology, and archeology
  • Presents color maps and photographs of pottery production and exchange
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This book describes the pottery trade activities of the residents of the community of San Bartolomé de los Olleros in Piura, Peru. Based on extensive interviews with potters and traders, it explains why the barter of pots continues to be practiced, and explores how pottery production and exchange practices may now be changing. The book provides a unique and detailed analysis of the interconnections between handicraft production, rural trade networks, and agriculture in an Andean context.

Pots are mainly bartered for food crops within a non-monetary peasant economy distinct from the “conventional” market. This practice is an important food source for pottery traders; thus trader livelihoods are placed at the center of this qualitative study of pottery distribution. Of primary importance are: 1) the decision-making processes surrounding exchange activities, 2) how exchange choices produce distinct spatial patterns, and 3) how the marketing of pots impacts livelihoods.

About the authors

Martha G. Bell is a lecturer in geography at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru's Department of Humanities. She teaches courses on climate change, natural disasters, urban geography and geographic thought.

Table of contents (4 chapters)

Table of contents (4 chapters)
  • Approaches to the Study of Pottery Exchange and Rural Livelihoods in San Bartolomé de los Olleros: Concepts, Background, and Methods

    Pages 1-24

    Bell, Martha G.

  • Networks of Pottery Exchange

    Pages 25-42

    Bell, Martha G.

  • Negotiating the Pottery Exchange Landscape

    Pages 43-60

    Bell, Martha G.

  • Pottery Exchange and Livelihoods: An Assessment

    Pages 61-68

    Bell, Martha G.

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  • ISBN 978-3-319-52330-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pottery, Livelihoods, and Landscapes
Book Subtitle
A Case Study from the Peruvian Andes
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Latin American Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-52331-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-52331-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-52330-9
Series ISSN
2366-763X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 89
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 14 illustrations in colour
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