Bibliographic Details

The question of the gift : essays across disciplines / edited by Mark Osteen.

Imprint London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.
Description ix, 310 p. ; 24 cm.
Language English
Series Routledge studies in anthropology ; 2
Subject Gifts.
Ceremonial exchange.
Ceremonial exchange.
Format Print, Book
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Other authors / contributors Osteen, Mark.
ISBN 0415282772 (alk. paper)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: Mark Osteen Questions of the Gift
  • Part I. Redefining Reciprocity
  • 1. Free Gift Makes No Friends
  • 2. Unbalanced Reciprocity: Asymmetrical Gift-Giving and Social Hierarchy in Rural China
  • 3. Unpacking the Gift: Illiquid Goods and Empathetic Dialogue
  • Part II. Kinship, Generosity and Gratitude: Ethical Foundations
  • 4. The Patriarchal Narratives of Genesis and the Ethos of Gift Exchange
  • 5. The Ethics of Generosity and Friendship: Aristotle's Gift to Nietzsche?
  • 6. Min Adam Smith and the Debt of Gratitude
  • Part III. The Gift and Artistic Commerce
  • 7. Catullus and the Gift of Sentiment in Republican Rome
  • 8. The Art of Squandering
  • 9. Conrad's Guilt-Edged Securities: 'Karain: A Memory' via Simmel and Benjamin
  • 10. Formed by Homages: H. D., Robert Duncan, and the Spirit of the Gift
  • Part IV. Posing New Questions
  • 11. Gift or Commodity?
  • 12. The Ghost of the Gift: The Unlikelihood of Economics
  • 13. Give the Ghost a Chance! A Comrade's Shadowy Addendum
  • 14. The Pleasures and Pains of the Gift