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The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France
Must a gift be given freely? How can we tell a gift from a bribe? Are gifts always a part of human relations-or do they lose their power and importance once the market takes hold and puts a price on every exchange? These questions are central to our sense of social relations past and present, and they are at the heart of this book by one of our most interesting and renowne ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 2nd 2000 by University of Wisconsin Press
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Oct 04, 2010 Lauren Albert rated it really liked it
A very interesting look at "the gift" which, though it focuses on 16th century France, has meaning for other times and other places. She looks at the gift in ways I hadn't thought of such as through the reformation and counter-reformation. Could we give gifts to God? If we did, did we expect a return, a reciprocity? Protestants saw Catholics as giving with expectation of return. Many intriguing ideas.