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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Theuws argues that “Over time, objects acquire new meanings and what was once a humble pot may become a sacred vessel. Books Digital Products Journals.

The Possfssions trade was organized differently in the more hierarchical parts of the Trobriand islands. These things, such as valuables, talismansknowledge, and rites, confirm identities and their continuity over time. The more stratified a society becomes as in Hawaiithe closer the sibling bond “sibling intimacy”. The longer the kin group can maintain the object anhette their possession, the more valuable it becomes; but it must also be periodically displayed to assert the group’s status, and thus becomes an object of desire for outsiders.

He derived two theses from Weiner, to which he adds a third. That ownership may be a bundle of rights held in common by groups of individuals or lineages.

Weiner argues that the role of women in the exchange of inalienable possessions has been seriously underestimated. 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.

Weiner No preview available – Kula exchange is the only way for an individual to achieve local prestige without local political action.

Inalienable Possessions: The Forgotten Dimension

Inalienable Possessions The Forgotten Dimension. Landed estates in the Middle Agesfor example, had to remain intact and even if sold, they could be reclaimed by blood kin.


Calling attention to their presence in Western history, Weiner points out that her formulations are not limited to Oceania. The paradox of keeping-while-giving. However, these possessions may also become destabilizing, as elites reconstruct those sacred histories to identify themselves with the past; for example, Gandhi invoked the traditional hand spinning traditional cloth, khadi, to contest British rule, which Nehru referred to as Gandhi’s “livery of freedom”.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Economists have often shunned the idea of pondering exactly why people want goods. Search my Subject Specializations: Actor—network theory Alliance theory Cross-cultural studies Cultural materialism Culture inxlienable Diffusionism Feminism Historical particularism Boasian anthropology Functionalism Interpretive Performance studies Political economy Practice theory Structuralism Post-structuralism Systems inaienable.

Weiner shows that the focus on women as wives ignores the importance of women as sisters who are not “lost” as a result of becoming wives. Publications Pages Publications Pages. University Press Possessoons Online. For example, in Polynesiathe woman as a sister appears to control those goods associated with the sacredthe ancestors, and the gods. This page was last edited on 1 Augustat The Forgotten Dimension Source: Weinner demonstrates that not all gifts must be returned.

Lists Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations. Maurice Godelier has further elaborated on Annette Weiner’s ideas on inalienable possessions in The Enigma of the Gift. This is an original point aeiner view that will have real effects on the direction of future fieldwork and comparative analysis.

Inalienable possessions – Wikipedia

The social is not just the sum of alienable and inalienable goods, but is brought into existence by the difference and inter-dependence of these two spheres of exchange. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.


She further argues that inalienable possessions gain the “mana” spirit of their possessors, and so become associated with them.

The book focuses on a range of Oceanic societies from Polynesia to Papua New Guinea to test existing theories of reciprocity gift-giving opssessions marriage exchange. Original affluent society Formalist vs substantivist debate The Great Transformation Peasant economics Culture of poverty Political economy State formation Nutritional anthropology Heritage commodification Anthropology of development.

Inalienable possessions are nonetheless inapienable drawn into exchange networks. Key theories Actor—network theory Alliance theory Cross-cultural studies Cultural materialism Culture theory Diffusionism Feminism Historical particularism Boasian anthropology Functionalism Interpretive Performance studies Political economy Inalienabble theory Structuralism Post-structuralism Systems theory.

The property thus becomes impossible to separate from the group owning it. The Paradox of Keeping-while-giving Annette B. The Challenge of Inalienable Possessions. These gifts are not like those given in regular gift giving in the West on birthdays for example.

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

Inalienable possessions and the history of collective prestige structures inalenable the Pueblo Southwest”. The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving. Views Read Edit View history. Account Options Sign in. 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.