Social solidarity and the gift /

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Author / Creator:Komter, Aafke E.
Imprint:Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Description:xi, 234 p. ; 24 cm.
Language:English
Subject:Gifts.
Solidarity.
Generosity.
Generosity.
Gifts.
Solidarity.
Format: Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/5570651
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ISBN:0521841003 (hardback)
0521600847 (pbk.)
Notes:Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-224) and index.
Table of Contents:
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Gift: Meanings and Motives
  • 1. The Social Meaning of Things
  • Things and Social Relationships
  • Four Different Types of Social Relationship
  • The Four Basic Meanings of Gifts
  • Conflicting Social Lives of Things
  • Things: Markers as Well as Marks of Relationship
  • 2. Patterns of Giving and Receiving
  • The Gift: Empirical Research
  • Psychological Functions of Giving
  • Motives to Give
  • Positive Feeling
  • Insecurity
  • Power and Prestige
  • Reciprocity, Equality
  • Self-Interest
  • Hostility, Hate, Contempt
  • Fiske's Four Models and the Motives to Give
  • Offensive and Embarrassing Gifts
  • The Debt Balance: Source of Relational Risks
  • 3. The Anatomy of Gratitude
  • The Spirit of the Gift
  • The Recipient of the Gift
  • Gratitude, Reciprocity, and Culture
  • Gratitude: The Moral Memory of Mankind
  • Gratitude, Power, Dependence
  • Gratitude Dissected
  • 4. Women, Gifts, and Power
  • Empirical Research on Women's Gift Giving
  • Presents and Money Gifts
  • Hospitality
  • Care and Help
  • Blood and Organs
  • Four Models to Interpret Women's Gift Giving
  • Asymmetrical Reciprocity in Favor of Men
  • Equivalent Reciprocity
  • Asymmetrical Reciprocity in Favor of Women
  • Alternating Asymmetry
  • The Paradox of Female Gift Giving
  • Part II. Solidarity and Selectivity
  • 5. Social Theory and Social Ties
  • Classical Theory: Unity of Generosity and Self-Interest
  • Affective and Instrumental Bases of Solidarity
  • Reciprocity and Morality as Bases of Social Ties
  • Modern Theory: Splitting Up Affection and Utility
  • Solidarity and Rational Choice Theory
  • Norms, Values, and Emotions as Bases of Solidarity
  • Combining Anthropological and Sociological Theory
  • Reciprocal Obligation
  • Motives
  • Ritual
  • 6. Solidarity, Gifts, and Exclusion
  • Positive Manifestations of Solidarity
  • Giving Money
  • Giving Time
  • Giving Care
  • Negative Aspects and Consequences of Solidarity
  • The Two-Edged Sword of Solidarity
  • The Matthew Effect of Gift Giving
  • Philanthropic Particularism
  • Inherent Failures of Solidarity
  • 7. Family Solidarity
  • The Relationship between Generations
  • Family Solidarity: Empirical Research
  • Dimensions of Family Solidarity
  • The Nature of Family Ties
  • Intergenerational Solidarity: Values and Beliefs
  • Caring for Family
  • The Troubled Side of Family Solidarity
  • Macro- and Microsolidarity
  • Family Solidarity: Solid but Ambivalent
  • Part III. Contemporary Solidarity
  • 8. Changing Solidarity
  • Changing Society, Changing Individuals
  • Individualization and Social Ties
  • The Assertive Self
  • Diversification and Uncertainty amid Strangers
  • Globalization and the New Society
  • Changes in Contemporary Solidarity
  • Traditional Solidarity
  • Local and Global Solidarity
  • Civil Solidarity
  • Transformed Solidarity
  • 9. Solidarity and the Gift
  • The Gift: Meanings and Motives
  • Solidarity and Selectivity
  • Contemporary Solidarity
  • Solidarity and the Gift
  • Recognition of the Other
  • Social Distance
  • Motives for Solidarity
  • Reciprocity: Gift and Sacrifice
  • Toward a Theoretical Model of Solidarity
  • From Organic to Segmented Solidarity
  • References