The Gift

An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Author: Aafke E. Komter

Publisher: Amsterdam University Press

ISBN: 9789053561737

Category: Social Science

Page: 258

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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 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.

The Gift

Author: Lila Ellexson Senter

Publisher: Dorrance Publishing

ISBN: 1434910881

Category: Religion

Page: 82

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In The Gift, Lila Ellexson Senter reflects on Christmases past and takes us along for the journey. Throughout time, she and her friends and family have discovered the joy of "word gifts"--collections of quotations, original poetry, and stories that have amplified the meaning of Christmas for both the gift giver and the recipient. This book represents some of the most meaningful word gifts they have exchanged over the years. The words, so carefully chosen, reflect a strong faith, and the beautiful artwork that accompanies each word gift amplifies the message.

The Gift

Author: Robert F. Morneau,Marjorie Thyssen Mau

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 9780809166732

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 32

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Angela the pumpkin explains to her friend Sammy the rabbit the environmental secrets that have allowed her to grow lovely and special, with the help of the soil, the sun, and the rain, and then she agrees to sacrifice herself for the good of others around her.

The Logic of the Gift

Toward an Ethic of Generosity

Author: Alan D. Schrift

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134714777

Category: Philosophy

Page: 352

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First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Gift

ESP, the Extraordinary Experiences of Ordinary People

Author: Sally Rhine Feather,Michael Schmicker

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

ISBN: 9781429904179

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

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Can some people see the future? Do some dreams contain warnings? Can we observe events unfolding thousands of miles away? Dr. Sally Rhine Feather, a director of one of the world's most respected institutes for paranormal studies, says yes—and she provides dozens of examples of how ESP appears in real life. Referring to decades of research of hard facts and data as proof that ESP is real, Dr. Feather now reveals breakthrough discoveries which include: what circumstances trigger ESP experiences, why some people have more of this gift than others, and whether the fate revealed in a dream or vision can be changed. Don't miss: · The dream that prevented a fatal heart attack of a stranger · Children's visions of dead people bringing messages for the living · A letter written and mailed that precisely predicted a nephew's injury in war · The stolen car recovered in Cleveland with the help of a vision · ...and more!

The Gift of Generations

Japanese and American Perspectives on Aging and the Social Contract

Author: Akiko Hashimoto

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521555203

Category: Social Science

Page: 226

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The Gift of Generations is a comparative study of aging and the social contract in Japan and the United States. By using original, systematically comparable data collected in these countries, the book explores the different cultural definitions of vulnerability and giving, and the ways they shape and constrain the social strategies of routinizing helping arrangements. The book succeeds in interweaving the theory and practice of the social contract by developing the concept of symbolic equity.

The Question of the Gift

Essays Across Disciplines

Author: Mark Osteen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136481435

Category: Social Science

Page: 320

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The Question of the Gift is the first collection of new interdisciplinary essays on the gift. Bringing together scholars from a variety of fields, including anthropology, literary criticism, economics, philosophy and classics, it provides new paradigms and poses new questions concerning the theory and practice of gift exchange. In addressing these questions, contributors not only challenge the conventions of their fields, but also combine ideas and methods from both the social sciences and humanities to forge innovative ways of confronting this universal phenomenon.

The World of the Gift

Author: Jacques Godbout,Alain Caillé

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773521360

Category: Social Science

Page: 250

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The anthropologist Marcel Mauss, in his famous exploration of the gift in "primitive" and archaic societies, showed that the essential aspect of the exchange of presents involved the establishment of a social tie that bound the parties together above and beyond any material value of the objects exchanged. He argued that these intangible mutual "debts" constituted the social fabric. Godbout and Caillé show that, contrary to the modern assumption that societies function on the basis of market exchange and the pursuit of self-interest, the gift still constitutes the foundation of our social fabric. The authors describe the gift not as an object but as a social connection, perhaps the most important social connection because it creates a sense of obligation to respond in kind. They examine the gift in a broad range of cases such as blood and organ donation; volunteer work; the bonds between friends, couples, and family; Santa Claus; the interaction between performers and their audience; and the relation of the artist to society. Written in an engaging manner, The World of the Gift will appeal to anyone who is interested in how the world really operates.

The Gift

Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World

Author: Lewis Hyde

Publisher: Vintage

ISBN: 9780307567604

Category: Self-Help

Page: 464

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“A manifesto of sorts for anyone who makes art [and] cares for it.” —Zadie Smith “The best book I know of for talented but unacknowledged creators. . . . A masterpiece.” —Margaret Atwood “No one who is invested in any kind of art . . . can read The Gift and remain unchanged.” —David Foster Wallace By now a modern classic, The Gift is a brilliantly orchestrated defense of the value of creativity and of its importance in a culture increasingly governed by money and overrun with commodities. This book is even more necessary today than when it first appeared. An illuminating and transformative book, and completely original in its view of the world, The Gift is cherished by artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers. It is in itself a gift to all who discover the classic wisdom found in its pages.