Through individual case studies based on fieldwork in different locations of western India, this book sets out to explore the processes by which social, cultural and economic factors are woven together into webs of trade. While all these studies focus on the role played by business communities in the organization of trade at the local level, the authors have tried to avoid the traps of sociological reification, i.e. economic formalism. It is in this perspective that particular emphasis has been placed on the role of kinship and credit networks and on the spatial organization of commercial activities at the local level.
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