Inalienable Possessionstests anthropology’s traditional assumptions about kinship, Annette B. Weiner . Afterword: The Challenge of Inalienable Possessions. : Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving ( ): Annette B. Weiner: Books. In Inalienable possessions, Annette Weiner () focuses on the paradox of ‘ keeping-while-giving’ rather than the ‘norm of reciprocity’ as the.

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Inalienable possessions

Kula exchange is the only way for an individual to achieve local prestige without local political action. Inalienable Possessions tests anthropology’s traditional assumptions about kinship, economics, power, and gender in an exciting challenge to accepted theories of reciprocity and marriage exchange.

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Annette Weiner broadened the application of the category of property outside the European context with her book Inalienable Possessions: California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. However, insofar as these inalienable possessions lose their cosmological authentication, these social hierarchies lose intergenerational longevity.

The book is also important for introducing a consideration of gender in the gift-giving debate by placing women at the heart of the political process. It is for this reason that women retain high prestige and authority despite the fame of male Kula exchange players. Maintaining society thus requires not keeping-while-givingbut ” keeping-for-giving and giving-for-keeping. Reviews “Weiner provides not only a new perspective on social and natural reproduction but also a framework through which to compare societies.

These inalienable possessions are a form of property that is inalienable, yet they can be exchanged. There were, as well, less well known shells called kitomu which were individually owned rather than being part of lineage historywhich would be given to temporarily please a disappointed trade partner expecting a more valuable shell. Reciprocity, she says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving.

Inalienable possessions inzlienable nonetheless frequently drawn into exchange networks. About the Book Inalienable Possessions tests annetye traditional assumptions about kinship, economics, power, and gender in an exciting challenge to accepted theories of reciprocity and marriage exchange.

According to Barbara Mills, “Inalienable possessions are objects made to be kept not exchangedhave symbolic and economic power that cannot be transferred, and are often used to authenticate the ritual authority of corporate groups”. Rather, these gifts can’t be re-sold for money by the receiver because ialienable value and the significance of the gift cannot be alienated or disengaged from its relationship to those whose inalienable possession it is.

Search my Subject Specializations: Uses editors parameter CS1 maint: Focusing on Oceania societies from Polynesia to Papua New Guinea and including Australian Aborigine groups, Annette Weiner investigates the category of possessions that must not be given or, if inaoienable are circulated, must return finally to the giver.

University of California Press. She also describes practices of loaning inalienable possessions as a way of either “temporarily making kin of non-kin” or garnering status. A critical part of Weiner’s argument is that the ability to keep inalienable possessions outside of exchange is a source of difference, and hence znnette high status.

Economists have often shunned the idea of pondering exactly why people want goods. In addition, gift-giving plays an important role in the cultural development of how social and business relations evolve in major economies such as in the case of the Chinese.

Actor—network theory Alliance theory Cross-cultural studies Cultural materialism Culture theory Diffusionism Feminism Historical particularism Boasian anthropology Functionalism Interpretive Performance studies Political economy Practice theory Structuralism Post-structuralism Systems theory. Part of a series on. University of California Pr Amazon. Inalienable Possessions tests anthropology’s traditional assumptions about kinship, economics, power, and gender in an exciting challenge to accepted theories inaloenable reciprocity and marriage exchange.

The Challenge of Inalienable Possessions. Because the Dreaming itself is an inalienable possession kept secret by clan elders, it can be lost and hierarchy defeated. Inalienable Possessions Author s: Selected pages Title Page. Power is intimately involved in cultural reproduction, and Weiner describes the location of power in each society, showing how the degree of control over the production and distribution of cloth wealth coincides with women’s rank and the development of hierarchy in the community.

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The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving. These gifts are not like those given in regular gift giving in the West on birthdays for example.

The paradox of keeping-while-giving.

Inalienable Possessions by Annette B. Weiner – Paperback – University of California Press

The Paradox of Keeping-While-Givingfocussing on a range of Oceanic societies from Polynesia to Papua New Guinea and testing existing theories of reciprocity and marriage exchange. The property thus becomes impossible to separate from the group owning it. Weiner demonstrates that not all gifts must be returned. In hierarchical areas, individuals can earn their own kitomu shells, whereas in less hierarchical areas, they are always subject to the claims of matrilineal kin.

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Other inalienable possessions, whether material objects, landed property, ancestral myths, or sacred knowledge, bestow social identity and rank as well. The paradox of keeping-while-giving is a concept certain to influence future developments in ethnography and the theoretical study of gender and exchange.

From Wikipedia, the inalienalbe encyclopedia. It is even incorrect to speak in these cases of transfer. Women produce inalienable possessions which they may take with them when they marry out; the inalienable possession, however, must be reclaimed by her brother after her death in order to maintain the status of the kin group.

What makes a possession inalienable is its exclusive and cumulative identity with a particular series of owners through time. Weiner begins by re-examining Mauss’ explanation for the return gift, the “spirit of the gift.

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