Anthropological Strategies

Marilyn Strathern

in The Gender of the Gift

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 1988 | ISBN: 9780520064232
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520910713 | DOI:
Anthropological Strategies

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Social control, the integration of groups, and the promotion of sociability itself have all been read into people's engagement in ceremonial exchange. The significance of feminism is the relative autonomy of its premises as far as anthropology is concerned. It then approaches the artifacts and images—the cultures—of Melanesian societies through a particular displacement. The creativity of the written language is both resource and limitation. The metaphor of the “gift” holds a particular place within Western formulations, and that placement is one that is exploited in delineating its relation to its implied counterpart “commodity”. The Western view of Western culture, like its view of social science, is that it is perpetually unfinished. The autonomy of the individual and the recalcitrance of nature seem to prove the point.

Keywords: anthropology; feminism; Western culture; social science; Melanesian societies; gift

Chapter.  7633 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology

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