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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Views Read Edit View history. TrobriandsMalinowskinorm inaliehable reciprocityprimitive social relations. Paul Sillitoe queries the supposed identification of these objects with persons. In hierarchical areas, inslienable can earn their own kitomu shells, whereas in less hierarchical areas, they are always subject to the claims of matrilineal kin. Men had to find women outside their kin groups to marry hence they “lost” their sisters in order to gain wives.

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Weiner argues that the role of women in the exchange of inalienable possessions has been seriously underestimated. She further argues that inalienable possessions gain the “mana” spirit of their possessors, and so become associated with them. Hunting-gathering Pastoralism Nomadic pastoralism Shifting cultivation Moral economy Peasant economics.

The chiefs have saved their Kula valuables for external trade, and external traders seek to trade with them before they lose their valuables to internal claims. Weiner demonstrates that not all gifts must be returned. Inalienable Possessions Possessiosn Forgotten Dimension. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Retrieved inalienanle ” https: Selected pages Title Page.

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Common terms and phrases A. These gifts are not like those given in regular gift giving in the West on birthdays for example. According to Barbara Mills, “Inalienable possessions are objects made to be kept not exchangedhave symbolic and economic power that cannot be transferred, and are often used to authenticate the ritual authority of corporate groups”. Annette Weiner broadened the application of the category of property outside the European context with her book Inalienable Possessions: In addition, gift-giving plays an important role in the cultural development of how social and business relations evolve in posxessions economies such as in the case of the Chinese.


Inalienable Possessions Author s: Part of a series on. Economists have often shunned the idea of pondering exactly why people want goods. Barbara Mills praised her investigation of how “inalienable possessions are simultaneously used to construct and defeat hierarchy”, saying it “opens a boxful of new theoretical and methodological tools for understanding possessions inequality in past and present societies.

By using this site, possfssions agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Reciprocity, she says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving.

The Forgotten Dimension Source: The social is not just the sum of alienable and inalienable goods, but is brought into existence by the difference and inter-dependence of these two spheres of exchange. Croft Intangible Intellectual indigenous Personal Tangible immovable real. A critical part of Weiner’s argument is that the ability to keep inalienable possessions outside of exchange is a source of difference, and hence brings high status.

The Paradox of Keeping-while-giving Annette B. Maintaining society thus requires not keeping-while-givingbut ” keeping-for-giving and giving-for-keeping.

Inalienable Possessions: The Forgotten Dimension

Women as sisters and women as wives provide the conduit for the gifting and return gifting of these goods, allowing the givers to build prestige. These things, such as possezsions, talismansknowledge, and rites, confirm identities and their continuity over time.

Reciprocity, she says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving. Moreover, they acknowledge differences of identity of individuals or groups linked by various kinds of exchanges.

In this view, transactable objects belong to society as a whole and are not inalienable possessions associated with certain persons. University Press Scholarship Online. 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.


Inalienable possessions

Weiner has used the term to categorize the many Kula valuables of the Trobriand islanders who view those objects as culturally imbued with a spiritual sense of the gift giver. Godelier contends that Weiner refocuses attention on the role of women in constructing and legitimizing power. As a legal classification, inalienable possessions date back to Roman times.

Lists Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations. Rather, these gifts can’t be re-sold for money by the receiver because the value and the significance of the gift cannot be alienated or disengaged from its relationship to those whose inalienable possession it is. Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations.

Maurice Godelier has further elaborated on Annette Weiner’s ideas on inalienable possessions in The Enigma of the Gift.

About the Author Annette B. These possessions created in and authenticated by The Dreaming circulate from one person or group to another in a limited way.

She points to the inalienable possessions of the Australian aborigines, however, to demonstrate how the creation of hierarchy can be defeated. Among the Kwakiutl a certain number of objects, although they appear at the potlatchcannot be disposed of.

Australian inalienable possessions are given cosmological authentication through their religious beliefs in the Dreaming. From Annerte, the free encyclopedia. Property Property law by country.