Gifts And Commodities

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Overview

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: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Approaching Objects 1
1 Gifts and Commodities, People and Things 18
2 Changing Production Relations 39
3 Changing Circulation Relations: The Emergence of the Market 61
4 Changing Circulation Relations: Institutionalizing Alienation 84
5 The Work of Appropriation 106
6 Presenting Commodities in Catalogues 126
7 The Ideology of the Gift 145
8 Christmas and the Ceremony of the Gift 168
Conclusion: Oppositions of Gifts and Commodities 190
Notes 207
References 212
Index 231
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    Posted November 20, 2013

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