By Leslie Threatte
Sterling Dow, who initially prompt this venture and inspired and supported it for greater than 3 a long time, won't regrettably be current for the looks of the second one quantity, even though he used to be acutely aware that its printing had started ahead of his passing in January of 1995. To Professor Dow i need back to provide particular thank you and in addition to teach my gratitude to the past due Professors James Oliver and Eugene Vanderpool. those 3 exotic participants of a iteration of yank epigraphers now long past have vastly furthered the construction of this Grammar, and so they have served as a resource of proposal not just to me yet to a complete new release of my contemporaries who've grew to become to epigraphical study. I thank Kevin Clinton for facilitating my entry to the various Attic inscriptions at Eleusis, and with out his aid I definitely do not need been capable of find a few of the inscriptions i wanted to ascertain. Sara Aleshire, during this quantity as within the first, has proved of important assist in such a lot of methods, and together with her i need to say in particular from the numerous who've assisted within the practise of this quantity Angelos Matthaiou, Ronald Stroud, and Steven Tracy. Professor Michael Meier-Brügger and Professor Volkmar Schmidt have been variety sufficient to learn the manuscript in evidence, and that i want to thank either one of them for delivering me with a variety of feedback and corrections. As within the previous quantity Professor Schmidt delivered to undergo back his mammoth studying and stored me from many an errors. mistakes which stay are fullyyt my very own.
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Individuals, in this view, can go with either tendency as it suits their interests or matches their sense of moral appropriateness, though in prem odern societies the room for maneuver is usually not great. O f the many virtues of Ko pytoff s model the most important, in my view, is that it proposes a general processual model of commoditization, in which objects may be moved both into and out of the commodity state. I am less com fortable with the opposition between singularization and commodi tization, since some of the most interesting cases (in what Kopytoff agrees are in the middle zone of his ideal-typical contrast) involve the more or less perm anent commoditizing of singularities.
8 Finally, though such tournam ents of value occur in special times and places, their forms and outcomes are always consequential for the more m undane realities of power and value in ordinary life. As in the kula, so in such tournam ents of value generally, strategic skill is culturally measured by the success with which actors attem pt diversions or subversions of culturally conventionalized paths for the flow of things. T he idea of tournam ents of value is an attem pt to create a general category, following up a recent observation by Edm und Leach (1983:535) comparing the kula system to the art world in the m odern West.
The other form of crisis in which commodities are diverted from their proper paths, of course, is warfare and the plun der that historically has accompanied it. In such plunder, and the spoils that it generates, we see the inverse of trade. T he transfer of commodities in warfare always has a special symbolic intensity, ex emplified in the tendency to frame more m undane plunder in the transfer of special arms, insignia, or body parts belonging to the en emy. In the high-toned plunder that sets the frame for more m undane pillage, we see the hostile analogue to the dual layering of the m un dane and more personalized circuits of exchange in other contexts (such as kula and gimwali in Melanesia).