Sociology of Giving Helmuth Berking

ISBN: 9780761956495

Published: March 1st 1999

Paperback

176 pages


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Sociology of Giving  by  Helmuth Berking

Sociology of Giving by Helmuth Berking
March 1st 1999 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 176 pages | ISBN: 9780761956495 | 5.74 Mb

We all give and receive gifts. But few of us reflect on the risks and uncertainties inherent to this form. For example, to give means to acquire power, to effect a symbolic exchange, to initiate ties and alliances, to convey social messages to othersMoreWe all give and receive gifts. But few of us reflect on the risks and uncertainties inherent to this form.

For example, to give means to acquire power, to effect a symbolic exchange, to initiate ties and alliances, to convey social messages to others and to classify our own status. Gift-giving is also a device to register honour and shame, to show solidarity, to equalize and to create intimacy. This fascinating volumelooks at the ambivalence of gift-giving- contemporary gift-giving, its motives, occasions and its rules- examines sacrifice, food-sharing and gift-giving as those basic institutions upon which symbolic orders of traditional society rely- and considers the historical invention of hospitality, paving the



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