Managing Gifts, Making Markets

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:
Managing Gifts, Making Markets

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the exchange of human goods or organs and blood donations. It analyzes whether changes in the logistics of procurement are undermining the moral order of exchange encapsulated in the idea of the “gift of life” that procurement organizations have worked so hard to establish. This chapter also argues that the short-run logistical demands placed on procurement organizations are in tension with the cultural account of donation that they have produced over the long run.

Keywords: organ donation; blood donation; human goods; logistics of procurement; gift of life; cultural account

Chapter.  10089 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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