The Gift and its Paradoxes

The Gift and its Paradoxes

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Bringing social theory and philosophy to bear on popular movies, novels, myths, and fairy tales, The Gift and its Paradoxes explores the ambiguity of the gift: it is at once both a relation and a thing, alienable and inalienable, present and poison. Challenging the nature of giving as reciprocal, the book engages critically with the work of Mauss and develops a new theory of the gift according to which the gift cannot be reduced to a model of exchange, but must instead entail a loss or sacrifice. Ultimately, the gift is examined in the book as the impossible occurrence of gratuitous giving.In the story, stealing appears as the progenitor of order: the life of the community remains in equilibrium as long as ... that the gift is more original and principal than exchange. even though the system is stable (until the arrival of the honest man, anbsp;...

Title:The Gift and its Paradoxes
Author:Dr Olli Pyyhtinen
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2014-02-28


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