Circle Of Goods: Women, Work, And Welfare In A Reservation Community (Suny Series In Anthropological Studies Of Contemporary Issues) (Suny Series In The Anthropology Of Work)
Circle of Goods: Women, Work, and Welfare in a Reservation Community (Suny Series in Anthropological Studies of Contemporary Issues) (Suny Series in the Anthropology of Work)
Studies how women in a reservation economy have creatively responded to federal policy.
Circle of Goods compiles the stories of Native American women and examines their kinship, wage work, and informal economies. Responding to the upheavals of reservation life brought about by federal policies—from commodity rations to welfare reform—Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara women, each with distinct histories and cultural practices, stand at the center of the Fort Berthold reservation economy. Berman introduces the concept of ceremonial relations of production to explain the contradictory effects of economic incentives and cultural commitments, and argues that the historical movement of people and goods through a series of structured dependencies often gives rise to creative strategies for survival and new social identities.
“…[Circle of Goods] makes an important contribution to our understanding of contemporary reservation economies in the Northern Plains, a subject that has received insufficient attention from anthropologists.”— Great Plains Research
"This book makes a major contribution in showing how the ceremonial is political in American Indian communities. Professor Berman develops the concept of ceremonial relations of production to explore...