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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Barbara Mills praised her investigation of how “inalienable possessions are simultaneously used to construct and inailenable hierarchy”, saying it “opens a boxful of new theoretical and methodological tools for understanding social inequality in past and present societies.

Property can be thought of as a bundle of rights nialienable the right to use something, the right to collect rent from someone, the right to extract something as in oil drillingthe right to hunt within a particular territory. Common terms and phrases A.

Acequia watercourse Ejido agrarian land Forest types Huerta Wriner Land tenure Property law alienation easement restraint on alienation real estate title. University of California Pr Amazon. As a result, most seek to exchange their kula valuables with chiefs, who thus become the most successful players. The Paradox oossessions Keeping-while-giving Annette B.

The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving. In reality these pieces of “property” are sacra that a family divests itself of only with great reluctance and sometimes never.

Inalienable possessions

Weiner argues that the role of women in the exchange of inalienable possessions has been seriously underestimated. The development of Polynesian kingdoms is an example. She also describes practices of loaning inalienable possessions as a way of either “temporarily making kin of non-kin” or garnering status. If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.


Retrieved from ” https: These inalienable possessions are a form of property that is inalienable, yet they can be exchanged. Paul Sillitoe queries the supposed identification of these objects with persons.

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The Forgotten Dimension Chapter: Don’t have an account? But this prestige is fleeting and does not transform into permanent differences in rank because women’s participation is minor and Kula shells lack cosmological authentication. Anthropologists by nationality Anthropology by year Bibliography Journals List of indigenous peoples Organizations. Godelier contends that Weiner refocuses attention on the role of women in constructing and legitimizing power.

He derived two theses from Weiner, to which he adds a third. Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Reciprocity, weindr says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving.

For the linguistic term, see Inalienable possession. She points to the inalienable possessions of the Australian aborigines, however, to demonstrate how the creation of hierarchy can be defeated. 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. An analogy in Western culture is sporting trophies, such as championship possesxions belts owned by all the clubs comprising the association that controls the competition in which constituent club members compete, and which pass for agreed periods of time into the possession of particular champions, changing hands as new champions emerge.


The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Inalienable possessions and the history of collective prestige structures in the Pueblo Southwest”. These possessions created in and authenticated by The Dreaming circulate from one person or group to another in a limited way.

Account Options Sign in. The Paradox of Keeping-While-Givingfocussing on a range of Oceanic societies from Polynesia to Papua New Annwtte and testing existing theories of reciprocity and marriage exchange. Views Read Edit View history. To troubleshoot, please check our FAQsand if you can’t find the answer there, please contact us. The Challenge of Inalienable Possessions. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. About the Book Inalienable Possessions tests anthropology’s traditional assumptions about kinship, economics, xnnette, and gender in an exciting challenge to accepted theories of reciprocity and marriage exchange.