Sociology of Giving by Helmuth Berking
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Sociology of Giving
By Helmuth Berking

Sociology of Giving

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Sociology of Giving by Helmuth Berking

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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 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 volume looks 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 way to an analysis of the anthropology of giving. Berking explores the transition from traditional society to the market self-interest form, sketching a moral economy beyond the rationale of the market-place and a world caught in the grip of competitive possessive individualism.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761956495
ISBN-10: 0761956492
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x 9mm)
Pages: 180
Imprint: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Helmuth Berking

Helmuth Berking is Assistant Professor in Sociology at the Free University, Berlin.

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