110 shogunate would not come under duress. And in this new mode of interaction the impression of a realm closed in upon itself served a useful purpose. Indiana University Bloomington, U.S.A. GEORGE M. WILSON BOOK REVIEWS L. Rosen, Bargaining for Reality: the Construction of Social Relations in a Muslim Community. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1984, xii, 210 pp., cloth $ 20.- paper $ 8.95. As every tourist knows, the price of an item in a Middle Eastern market is not fixed but subject to bargaining. In my, perhaps naive, anthropological understanding of the process, the act of bargaining,, the skillful wordplay and hospitable cup of tea, expands a simple utilitarian exchange into the germ of a social relationship, a durable human interaction that transcends the calculation of immediate individual interest. Rosen reverses this commonplace: it is the argument of this book that negotiability is itself the essence of all Moroccan relationships; exchange in the bazaar is no different from any other social relationship, in all cases the relationships are dyadic and com- petitive and the outcome is an open one. Here the individual is the key social unit. Despite its appearance, however, this is not simply another
Journal of Asian and African Studies (in 2002 continued as African and Asian Studies) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1987
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