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Description - Sociology of Giving by Helmuth Berking

This book decodes the ambivalence of gift-giving. It examines its socio-ethical and integrative potential. Following a short recollection of contemporary gift-giving, its motives, occasions and its rules, the reader is invited to travel back in time and space examining 'sacrifice', 'food-sharing', and 'gift giving' as those basic institutions upon which symbolic orders of 'traditional' society rely. The historical invention of hospitality is considered and paves the way to an analysis of the anthropology of giving. Berking goes on to explore the transition from traditional society to the market, self interest form. He questions the view that our societies are dominated by individualism and explores the contemporary interplay between self interest and the common good.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761956495
ISBN-10: 0761956492
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 30-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Helmuth Berking

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

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