The Question of the Gift: Essays Across Disciplines / Edition 1

The Question of the Gift: Essays Across Disciplines / Edition 1

by Mark Osteen
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415282772

ISBN-13: 9780415282772

Pub. Date: 10/27/2002

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The Question of the Gift is the first collection of new interdisciplinary essays on the gift. Bringing together scholars from a variety of fields, including anthropology, literary criticism,
economics, philosophy and classics, it provides new paradigms and poses new questions concerning the theory and practice of gift exchange.
In addressing these…  See more details below

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The Question of the Gift is the first collection of new interdisciplinary essays on the gift. Bringing together scholars from a variety of fields, including anthropology, literary criticism,
economics, philosophy and classics, it provides new paradigms and poses new questions concerning the theory and practice of gift exchange.
In addressing these questions, contributors not only challenge the conventions of their fields, but also combine ideas and methods from both the social sciences and humanities to forge innovative ways of confronting this universal phenomenon.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415282772
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/27/2002
Series:
Routledge Studies in Anthropology Series
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgment
Introduction: questions of the gift1
Pt. IRedefining reciprocity43
1A free gift makes no friends45
2Unbalanced reciprocity: asymmetrical gift giving and social hierarchy in rural China67
3Unpacking the gift: illiquid goods and empathetic dialogue85
Pt. IIKinship generosity and gratitude: ethical foundations103
4The patriarchal narratives of Genesis and the ethos of gift exchange105
5The ethics of generosity and friendship: Aristotle's gift to Nietzsche?118
6Adam Smith and the debt of gratitude132
Pt. IIIThe gift and artistic commerce147
7Catullus and the gift of sentiment in republican Rome149
8Gabriele D'Annunzio: the art of squandering and the economy of sacrifice172
9Conrad's guilt-edged securities: "Karain: a memory" via Simmel and Benjamin191
10Formed by homages: H. D., Robert Duncan, and the poetics of the gift209
Pt. IVPosing new questions227
11Gift or commodity229
12The ghost of the gift: the unlikelihood of economics248
13Give the ghost a chance! A comrade's shadowy addendum266
14The pleasures and pains of the gift280
Index299

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