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On the moral grounds of economic relations: a Maussian approach

Graeber, David (2010) On the moral grounds of economic relations: a Maussian approach. Working Papers Series #6. Open Anthropology Cooperative Press.

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For all the vast literature on “the gift,” the concept is surprisingly under-theorized. This is because everyone assumes that there is something called “the gift”, that all transactions not involving payment or the promise of payment are the same thing. Whether seen as a matter of generosity, lack of calculation, creating social relations or a refusal to distinguish between generosity and self-interest, the possibility that “gifts” operate according to different transactional logics is often overlooked.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2010 The Author
Divisions: Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2013 08:46
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:54

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