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Description - Social Solidarity and the Gift by Aafke E. Komter

Bringing together two traditions of thinking about social ties (sociological theory on solidarity and anthropological theory on gift exchange), this book explores how both traditions may complete and enrich each other, and clarifies transformations in solidarity. Supported by empirical illustrations, it assumes that a theory of solidarity should incorporate some of the core insights from anthropological gift theory. The volume presents a theoretical model covering both positive and negative--selective and excluding--aspects and consequences of solidarity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521600842
ISBN-10: 0521600847
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Pages: 248
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Aafke E. Komter

Aafke E. Komter is professor and endowed chair of Comparative Studies of Social Solidarity at Utrecht University, and head of the Department of Social Science at University College, Utrecht. Her articles on informal giving, reciprocity and solidarity, power, morality and gender issues have appeared in international journals such as Sociology, the Journal of Marriage and the Family and the Journal of Family Issues. She is editor of The Gift: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.