Inalienable Possessionstests anthropology’s traditional assumptions about kinship, Annette B. Weiner . Afterword: The Challenge of Inalienable Possessions. : Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving ( ): Annette B. Weiner: Books. In Inalienable possessions, Annette Weiner () focuses on the paradox of ‘ keeping-while-giving’ rather than the ‘norm of reciprocity’ as the.

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The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving. Inalienable Possessions tests anthropology’s traditional assumptions about kinship, economics, power, and gender in an exciting challenge to accepted theories of reciprocity and marriage exchange. Focusing on Oceania societies from Polynesia to Papua New Guinea and including Australian Aborigine groups, Annette Weiner investigates the category of possessions that must not anndtte given or, if they are circulated, must return finally to the giver.


Reciprocity, she says, is only unalienable superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving. Power is intimately involved in cultural reproduction, and Weiner describes the location of power in each society, poszessions how the degree of control over the production and distribution of cloth wealth coincides with women’s rank and the development of hierarchy in the community.

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Other inalienable possessions, whether material objects, landed property, ancestral myths, or sacred knowledge, bestow inalienavle identity and rank as well.

Calling attention to their presence in Western history, Weiner points out that her formulations are not limited to Oceania. The paradox of keeping-while-giving is a concept certain to influence future developments in ethnography and the theoretical study of gender and exchange.

Selected pages Title Page. The Challenge of Inalienable Possessions. Other editions – View all Inalienable Possessions: Weiner Limited preview – The Paradox of Keeping-while-giving Annette B. Weiner No preview available – Common terms and phrases A.


Inalienable Possessions The Forgotten Dimension.