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communal production systems

communal production systems A term sometimes applied to the broad range of exchanges between formal production and the household production system, in which those who carry the costs expect symbolic, intangible returns for their efforts. These include baby-sitting circles and car pools (which verge on the formal, since they sometimes operate on quasi-money exchanges, and break down if equal values are not exchanged over a given period of time), housing improvement co-operatives, and making meals for a sick neighbour (a form of exchange which is similar to that within the household).

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