Abstract

At the second-hand marketplace in Nuku'alofa, the capital of Tonga, Tongans buy and sell objects that their diasporic relatives send them instead of remittances. While selling objects goes against the grain of a traditional moral order, the marketplace is immensely popular but dominated by local Others. It enables participants to articulate and practice consumption and, more generally, a modern but locally relevant self, while at the same time quietly challenge the generally accepted assumption that high-ranking or wealthy elites control modernity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1534-1518
Print ISSN
0003-5491
Pages
pp. 7-45
Launched on MUSE
2004-02-20
Open Access
No
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