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Gifts and commodities : exchange and western capitalism since 1700

Author: James G Carrier
Publisher: London : Routledge, 1995.
Series: Material cultures.
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Three hundred years ago people made most of what they used, or got it in trade from their neighbours. Now, no one seems to make anything, and we buy what we need from shops. Gifts and Commodities describes the cultural and historical process of these changes and looks at the rise of consumer society in Britain and in the United States. It investigates the ways that people think about and relate to objects in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Carrier, James G.
Gifts and commodities.
London ; New York : Routledge, 1995
(DLC) 94008920
(OCoLC)30037016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James G Carrier
ISBN: 9780415117524 0415117526 0203983041 9780203983041 9781134816668 1134816669
OCLC Number: 144595652
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: 1. Gifts and commodities, people and things --
2. Changing production relations --
3. Changing circulation relations : the emergence of the market --
4. Changing circulation relations : institutional alienation --
5. The work of appropriation --
6. Presenting commodities in catalogues --
7. The ideology of the gift --
8. Christmas and the ceremony of the gift.
Series Title: Material cultures.
Responsibility: James G. Carrier.
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Carrier brings together a wealth of information on the history of the retail trade & the rise of consumer society in Britain & the US. Using both anthropology & sociology he looks into the ways we  Read more...

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