The narrative economy of Western Australian truffle markets

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This thesis contributes to the emerging discipline of business anthropology as it relates to ritual symbolism in capitalist market culture. It advances the notion of ‘the narrative economy’ to explain how capital values are subtly negotiated in Western Australian truffle markets. Producers compete for social, economic, cultural and symbolic capital through staging elaborate ritualised trade narratives. These narratives are not merely textual, verbal and pictorial, but performative and embodied. The narrative economy of Western Australian truffle markets is a high risk field in which producers, consumers, and other market actors all contribute to the development of the narrative whole.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Baldassar, Loretta, Supervisor
  • Flatau, Paul, Supervisor
Award date7 Jul 2016
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

Embargo information

  • Embargoed from 08/07/2016 to 08/07/2021. Made publicly available on 08/07/2021.


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