Chapter 4 Deferred Payments and the Expanding Moment of Caloninity
This chapter examines how deferred payments among Calon men co-constitute Calon sociality. Among Calon, any sale or loan highlights the autonomy and equality of parties involved, and always results in an agreement for one party to pay a sum of money in the future. In so doing, deals and swaps co-constitute an ever-changing network of dyadic obligations witnessed by others. The chapter outlines various types of deferred exchanges: small subsistence loans which characterise relations within settlements; ‘help’ between relatives; agonistic ‘deals’ carried out with people from one’s broader region. At the limit of this network stand one’s enemies and unknown Ciganos.
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