I'm Nick Herriman, author of Entangled State, www.yale.edu/seas/EntangledState.htm. In the "25 Concepts in Anthropology" series, I present what I think are the 25 most important concepts in socio-cultural anthropology. Each concept provides a unique insight into what it is to be human. This episode concerns the concept of "reciprocity". Important authors and concepts include: Malinowski (Trobriand Islands); Boas (Kwakiutl, potlatch); Mauss (Maori, hau); Geertz (Javanese, slametan); Sahlins (generalized, specific, negative). Further reading: Mauss, Marcel. 1990 The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies. London: Routledge.
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