Capitalism, Ethnography and Trinidad
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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines several of these contexts for the production of commodities as complex symbolic formations, and seeks to show how ethnography as a method can reveal something of the context within which each process occurs within one particular region. It provides an attempt to contextualize this rather particular perspective on capitalism within the wider comparative literature. The book addresses Trinidad as a context. It also provides an exploration of the current exposure of Trinidad to structural adjustment, and, in that guise, to a particular model of 'pure' capitalism. The book explores business through the selection of one particular form the transnational companies concerned with the production and distribution of supermarket goods. It provides one of the clearest examples of a direct encounter between consumer and producer, through exploring the meaning of brands within the soft drink industry.