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Introduction

Annette B. Weiner

in Inalienable Possessions

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 1992 | ISBN: 9780520076037
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520911802 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520076037.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to cast off some of the most cherished precepts in social theory and, in so doing, establish a new practice for comparative ethnographic description and explanation. It then discusses the paradox of keeping-while-giving, the paradox of permanence and loss, and the paradox of reproduction and gender. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: social theory; ethnography; keeping-while-giving; permanence; loss; reproduction; gender

Chapter.  7493 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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