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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Hunting-gathering Pastoralism Nomadic pastoralism Shifting cultivation Moral economy Peasant economics. The book focuses on a range of Oceanic societies from Polynesia to Papua New Guinea to test existing theories of reciprocity gift-giving and marriage exchange. About the Book 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.

She points to the inalienable possessions of the Australian aborigines, however, to demonstrate how the creation of hierarchy can be defeated. The property thus possessiions impossible to separate from the group owning it.

These things, such as valuables, talismansknowledge, and rites, confirm identities and their continuity over time. Other inalienable possessions, whether material objects, landed property, ancestral myths, or inalienabke knowledge, bestow social identity and rank as well. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for weinner use for details see www. Kula exchange is the only way for an individual to achieve local prestige without local political action.

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. Landed estates in the Middle Agesfor example, had to remain intact and even if sold, they could be reclaimed by blood kin.


Inalienable possessions

Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter. The posdessions bracelets and necklaces given in exchange each have their own histories, and are thus ranked on the basis of who they have been exchanged to. Retrieved from ” https: And lastly, in the hierarchical areas, Kula necklaces and bracelets are saved for external exchange only; stone axe blades are used internally.

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 by Annette B. Weiner – Paperback – University of California Press

Economic anthropology Giving Property. As a result, most seek to exchange their kula valuables with chiefs, who thus become the most successful players. In reality these pieces of “property” are sacra that a family divests itself of only with great reluctance and sometimes never.

It is even incorrect to speak in these cases of transfer. In comparing Hawaii, Samoa and the Trobriands, she argues that the more stratified a society is by ranked differences, the more important inalienable possessions produced by sisters become.

Weiner shows that the focus on women as wives ignores the importance of women as sisters who are not “lost” as a result of becoming wives. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Inalienable Possessions Author s: Inalienable possessions and the history of collective prestige structures in the Pueblo Southwest”. Part of a series on. California Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Lists Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations. However, insofar as these inalienable possessions lose their cosmological authentication, these social hierarchies lose intergenerational longevity.


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Weiner Limited preview – The more stratified a society becomes as in Hawaiithe closer the sibling bond “sibling intimacy”. In this way, inalienable possessions are transcendent treasures to be guarded against all the exigencies that might force their loss. 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. These inalienable possessions are a form of property that is inalienable, yet they can be exchanged.

Theuws argues annete “Over time, objects acquire new meanings and what was once a humble pot may become a sacred vessel. Croft Intangible Intellectual indigenous Personal Tangible immovable real.

Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving – Annette B. Weiner – Google Books

University Press Scholarship Online. Marcel Mauss first described inalienable possessions in The Giftdiscussing potlatchesa kind of gift-giving feast held in communities of many indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest:.

Weiner begins by re-examining Mauss’ explanation for the return gift, the “spirit of the possrssions. Theuws, Frans, Van Rhijn, Carine, eds. This is an original point of view podsessions will have real effects on the direction of future fieldwork and comparative analysis.

In less hierarchical areas, exchange partners may lose their valuables to internal claims. To troubleshoot, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. Disciplines Anthropology Cultural Anthropology Asian.