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Author Weiner, Annette B., 1933-

Title Inalienable possessions : the paradox of keeping-while-giving / Annette B. Weiner
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [1992]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 232 pages) : illustrations
Contents Inalienable Possessions: The Forgotten Dimension -- Reconfiguring Exchange Theory: The Maori Hau -- The Sibling Incest Taboo: Polynesian Cloth and Reproduction -- The Defeat of Hierarchy: Cosmological Authentication in Australia and New Guinea Bones and Stones -- Kula: The Paradox of Keeping-While-Giving -- Afterword: The Challenge of Inalienable Possessions
Summary 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. 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 they are circulated, must return finally to the giver. Reciprocity, she says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of "keeping-while-giving."The
Analysis Feminist anthropology
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Ceremonial exchange -- Oceania.
Economic anthropology -- Oceania -- Methodology.
Feminist anthropology -- Oceania.
Women -- Oceania -- Economic conditions.
Women -- Oceania -- Social conditions.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520911806 (electronic bk.)
0585108552 (electronic bk.)
9780520911802 (electronic bk.)
9780585108551 (electronic bk.)
(alk. paper)
(paperback; alk. paper)