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The 'social death' of unused gifts: surplus and value in contemporary Japan

Abstract:

This article investigates the circulation and consumption of gifts in contemporary, urban Japan. It sets out to challenge key anthropological debates about gifting that, firstly, focus on the inalienable connection between the donor and the gift and, secondly, emphasize the symbolic potential and historical depth of things. The Japanese gifts under discussion, employed in the production and reproduction of the social, cosmic and economic order, are commodities. They can be easily disentangled...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1177/1359183509106426

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Anthropology and Museum Ethnography,School of - Social & Cultural Anthropology,Institute of
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science More from this funder
Publisher:
Sage Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Material Culture Journal website
Volume:
14
Issue:
3
Pages:
385-408
Publication date:
2009-09-05
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EISSN:
1460-3586
ISSN:
1359-1835
URN:
uuid:0205b0e5-08dd-408c-a538-ac182a5c62d5
Local pid:
ora:3344

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