Gifts And Commodities

Gifts And Commodities

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by James G. Carrier
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415117526

ISBN-13: 9780415117524

Pub. Date: 12/15/1994

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Three hundred years ago people made most of what they used, or got it in trade from their neighbours. Now, no one seems to make anything, and we buy what we need from shops. Gifts and Commodities describes the cultural and historical process of these changes and looks at the rise of consumer society in Britain and the United States. It investigates the ways

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Three hundred years ago people made most of what they used, or got it in trade from their neighbours. Now, no one seems to make anything, and we buy what we need from shops. Gifts and Commodities describes the cultural and historical process of these changes and looks at the rise of consumer society in Britain and the United States. It investigates the ways that people think about and relate to objects in twentieth-century culture, at how those relationships have developed, and the social meanings they have for relations with others.

Using aspects of anthropology and sociology to describe the importance of shopping and gift-giving in our lives and in western economies, Gifts and Commodities:

• traces the development of shopping and retailing practices, and the emergence of modern notions of objects and the self

• brings together a wealth of information on the history of the retail trade

• examines the reality of the distinctions we draw between the impersonal economic sphere and personal social sphere

• offers a fully interdisciplinary study of the links we forge between ourselves, our social groups and the commodities we buy and give.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415117524
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/15/1994
Series:
Material Cultures Series
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Approaching Objects1
1Gifts and Commodities, People and Things18
2Changing Production Relations39
3Changing Circulation Relations: The Emergence of the Market61
4Changing Circulation Relations: Institutionalizing Alienation84
5The Work of Appropriation106
6Presenting Commodities in Catalogues126
7The Ideology of the Gift145
8Christmas and the Ceremony of the Gift168
Conclusion: Oppositions of Gifts and Commodities190
Notes207
References212
Index231

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That is a lot of money. A huge ripoff too