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Kuusela, J., Nurmi, R., Hakamäki, V. (2018) Unhierarchical and Hierarchical Core-Periphery Relations: North Fennoscandian Trade Network from the Middle Ages to the Post-Sixteenth Century. American Anthropologist, 120 (4), 765-780. doi:10.1111/aman.13104

Unhierarchical and hierarchical core‐periphery relations : north Fennoscandian trade network from the Middle Ages to the post‐sixteenth century

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Author: Kuusela, Jari-Matti1; Nurmi, Risto1; Hakamäki, Ville1
Organizations: 1Archaeology/Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 1.2 MB)
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Language: English
Published: John Wiley & Sons, 2018
Publish Date: 2018-11-22


This article studies the medieval northern Fennoscandian trade network utilizing a macro‐scale perspective—namely, the world‐systems analysis—while still maintaining a decidedly local approach to the analysis. It is argued that local factors, formed of a synergy between social and natural components, created a situation where the trade network of northern Fennoscandia remained an unhierarchical peer network despite a seeming power asymmetry between the participants. This study demonstrates how a local analysis is always important even—and especially—when utilizing a macro‐scale perspective, as assumptions (for example, pertaining to power asymmetries) may lead to misconceptions of the social forces in play within a social network.

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Series: American anthropologist
ISSN: 0002-7294
ISSN-E: 1548-1433
ISSN-L: 0002-7294
Volume: 120
Issue: 4
Pages: 765 - 780
DOI: 10.1111/aman.13104
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 615 History and archaeology
Funding: Funding Information: Koneen Säätiö. Suomen Kulttuurirahasto, grant number: 00170551.
Copyright information: © 2018 by the American Anthropological Association. All rights reserved. Published in this repository with the kind permission of the publisher.