Why Periodic Markets Are Held: Considering Products, People, and Place in the Yunnan-Vietnam Border Area

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Author(s)

    • 西谷 大 Nishitani Masaru
    • 国立歴史・民俗博物館研究部 National Museum of Japanese History, Inter-University Research Institute Corporation, National Institutes for the Humanities

Abstract

This paper probes the mechanism of present-day periodic markets and how they operate through a detailed case study of periodic markets frequented by different ethnic groups in Jinping county, Yunnan, China. It sets out to identify the defining characteristics of periodic markets and considers the question of why they arise and why they continue to survive today. Past research has demonstrated that a key feature of periodic markets in traditional China was their accessibility and the freedom that they afforded local residents in buying and selling commodities. Fieldwork confirms that six-day-cycle markets, based on the 12-day Chinese zodiac, in Jinping county do give producers of all ethnicities the freedom to sell their produce, but alsopoints out that the market environment encourages the spontaneous specialization of production skills and provides an important place for social interaction and expression of the local cultures.

Journal

  • Southeast Asian Studies

    Southeast Asian Studies 2(1), 171-192, 2013

    Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    110009558124
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA1256533X
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    departmental bulletin paper
  • Journal Type
    大学紀要
  • ISSN
    2186-7275
  • NDL Article ID
    024433558
  • NDL Call No.
    Z76-A768
  • Data Source
    NDL  NII-ELS  IR  J-STAGE 
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