Shopping as a Boundary Spanning Tool

The two men were exempt from the mandatory bag and person search behind a screen at the entrance of Dilli Haat on Sunday.  Our delegation of OWU and LSR students quickly collected and mobilized themselves into what was to become a shopping machine.  Although not privy to the tactical planning in the groups, I suspect it was thorough and focused. Imagine for a moment the excitement of the merchants as they gazed upon the  fresh American shoppers with an abundance of crisp Rupees eager to be spent.   Then imagine their disappointment when they realized OWU students were accompanied by LSR students equipped with the shopping expertise and language proficiency to “participate” in the commerce that was about to take place.  So what was really happening here?  We were exposed to various dimensions of Indian culture as expressed through a wide variety of handcrafts and products from every corner of the country.  We engaged in conversations incidental to the bargaining with people trying to make a living for themselves and their families.  We developed a comaraderie with our hosts that nurtured the seeds of community that were beginning to sprout.  This is theory to practice in action.  Oh, and by the way, some purchases were made as well.

  1 comment for “Shopping as a Boundary Spanning Tool

  1. Rimjhim Roy
    March 15, 2012 at 7:34 pm

    Prof. Craig, you’ll should come to Delhi once again with a little more time on your hands! There are some absolutely delightful places to shop in Delhi…some even better the Dilli Haat. :)

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