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Author Napier, A. David.

Title Making things better : a workbook on ritual, cultural values, and environmental behavior / A. David Napier
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 2013
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Description 1 online resource
Series Oxford ritual studies
Oxford ritual studies.
Contents Cover; Making Things Better; Copyright; Dedication; CONTENTS; Preface: Things in Themselves; Introduction ; Preamble to the Workbook: Rights or Rites? ; PART I Things and People ; EXERCISE 1 Shaping Behavior ; CHAPTER 1 Meaning and Property ; PRACTICUM 1 Securing Indigenous Rights ; PART II Things and Places
EXERCISE 2 Creating Local Value CHAPTER 2 A Sense of Place ; PRACTICUM 2 Valuing Indigenous Property ; PART III Things Across Cultures ; EXERCISE 3 Giving and Receiving ; CHAPTER 3 Exchange and Value ; PRACTICUM 3 Responding to Global Forces, or Kula International
PART IV Realizing Ritual EXERCISE 4 Changing Paradigms ; CHAPTER 4 Why Animism Matters ; PRACTICUM 4 Assessing Cognitive Diversity ; Epilogue ; Postscript: The Value of Public Anthropology ; Notes ; Bibliography ; Index
Summary Napier demonstrates how non-Western exchange practices and beliefs can redress the ills of contemporary economic systems in which our relationship to material things transforms animate elements of social life into inanimate commodities. Such processes separate objects from domains of deep meaning and release individuals from the moral relationships on which feelings of attachment, community responsibility, and a sense of place depend
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Exchange -- Social aspects
Material culture -- Social aspects
Exchange -- Social aspects.
Material culture -- Social aspects.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 019996937X