The Gift: An Interdisciplinary Perspective E. Komter Aafke

ISBN: 9789053561737

Published: June 1st 1996

Paperback

258 pages


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The Gift: An Interdisciplinary Perspective  by  E. Komter Aafke

The Gift: An Interdisciplinary Perspective by E. Komter Aafke
June 1st 1996 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 258 pages | ISBN: 9789053561737 | 10.31 Mb

What moves us to give gifts to other people? The Gift brings together perspectives on gift exchange and reciprocity from different social scientific disciplines. The first part of this book contains anthropological and sociological classics on giftMoreWhat moves us to give gifts to other people? The Gift brings together perspectives on gift exchange and reciprocity from different social scientific disciplines. The first part of this book contains anthropological and sociological classics on gift giving and reciprocity.

In the second part the focus is on social psychological theories, and on empirical research on gift giving in Western society. Finally, the main concepts underlying gift exchange - reciprocity, self-interest and altruism - are discussed. Here, the focus is on fundamental assumptions about human nature. Altruism and self-interest turn out to be much more interwoven than we are inclined to think.



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