Exchange in Human Goods

Kieran Healy

in Last Best Gifts

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780226322353
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226322384 | DOI:
Exchange in Human Goods

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This chapter discusses issues concerning blood and organ donations. It suggests that exchange in human goods does not fit well into the classical account of the gift relationship and explains that the key difference is that it cannot involve a face-to-face transaction between the donor and recipient. This is because blood and organs for donations are collected and distributed by complex organizations. This chapter also provides a summary of the chapters in this volume.

Keywords: blood donation; organ donation; gift relationship; donor; recipient; complex organizations

Chapter.  9546 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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