Tributary modes of production and merchants have

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Tributary modes of production and merchants have coexisted together
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since they first began and quite frequently serve to mutually benefit each other . “A merchant is a specialist in exchange , buying and selling goods to obtain a profit” (84) . Their position is usually both political and economic and therefore is reliant on the power and interests of other social classes . There are three ways in which merchants overseas brought surplus into their stream of business . The first way was to sale tributary surpluses . The second way occurred when merchants would purchase goods from primary gatherers and producers . This would lower the cost of purchasing items that merchants would then turn around and sell for a higher profit in different markets . The third way merchants acquire surpluses to sell was to expand slavery . The expansion of slavery made production easy and cheap for merchants to benefit and profit from . The final mode of production was the kin-ordered mode , which was based around family ties in accordance with social labor . Wolf discusses how many anthropologists are in disagreement about what kinship actually means . Kinship can occur and function in two different ways; they either function like a family group or as a political group . Kinship can be defined as the biological relationships people have with one another . It can also be thought of in the sense that it involves not only the reproduction of another human being , but also the cultural aspect of marriage and the bond that creates those kinship ties .
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