ENGL305 Lecture 2: ANTA02- WEEK 6

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(cid:862) o(cid:272)iety is like a(cid:374) orga(cid:374)is(cid:373): (cid:449)he(cid:374) o(cid:374)e part (cid:272)ha(cid:374)ges, the rest adapts too(cid:863) No u(cid:272)h thi(cid:374)g as a free gift (cid:862)what po(cid:449)er resides i(cid:374) the o(cid:271)je(cid:272)t gi(cid:448)e(cid:374) that (cid:272)auses its re(cid:272)ipie(cid:374)t to pay it (cid:271)a(cid:272)k? (cid:863) Each gift binds the giver and recipient in a moral relationship: obligation to give gifts, obligation to receive gifts, obligation to return gifts (pay them back) This is a theory of social relations. Hau: the spirit of the gift its force that demands it must be returned. Mana: kind of spiritual authority derived from having a wealth of resources to give to others to bind them into reciprocal obligations. Potlatch- transitioning from the richest to poorest (giving everything one has to another) Deborah durhams argument on gifts and social relations: Different types of exchanges people have over requests for stuff correspond to and illuminate different kinds of social relationships.

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