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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In this way, inalienable possessions are transcendent treasures to be guarded against all possessins exigencies that might force their loss. Publications Pages Publications Pages. The Paradox of Keeping-While-Givingfocussing on a range of Oceanic societies from Polynesia to Papua New Guinea and testing existing theories of reciprocity and marriage exchange.

Other editions – View all Inalienable Possessions: Inalienable Possessions Author s: Barbara Mills praised her investigation of how “inalienable possessions are simultaneously used to construct and defeat hierarchy”, saying it “opens a boxful of new theoretical and methodological tools for understanding social inequality in past and present societies.

Godelier contends that Weiner refocuses attention on the role of women in constructing and legitimizing power.

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About the Author Annette B. These things, such as valuables, talismansknowledge, and rites, confirm identities and their continuity over time.

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. Australian inalienable possessions are given cosmological authentication through their religious beliefs in the Dreaming.


Inalienable possessions

And lastly, in the possesxions areas, Kula necklaces and bracelets are saved for external exchange only; stone axe blades are used internally.

The shell bracelets and necklaces given in exchange each have their own histories, and are thus ranked on annette basis of who they have been exchanged to. Maurice Godelier has further elaborated on Annette Weiner’s ideas on inalienable possessions in The Enigma of the Gift.

There, only chiefs were allowed to engage in Kula exchange. However, insofar as these inalienable possessions lose their cosmological authentication, these social hierarchies lose intergenerational longevity. Annette Weiner broadened the application of the category of property outside the European context with her book Inalienable Possessions: Public users can however inalienabe search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Inalienable Possessions: The Forgotten Dimension

For the linguistic term, see Inalienable possession. 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.

University Press Scholarship Online. In hierarchical areas, individuals can earn their own kitomu shells, whereas in less hierarchical areas, they are always subject to the claims of matrilineal kin.

According to Barbara Mills, “Inalienable possessions are inalienab,e made to be kept not exchangedhave symbolic and economic power that cannot be transferred, and are often used to authenticate the ritual authority of corporate groups”.


Calling attention to their presence in Western history, Weiner points out that her formulations are not limited to Oceania.

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

Other inalienable possessions, whether material objects, landed property, ancestral myths, or sacred knowledge, bestow social identity and rank as well. She further argues that inalienable possessions gain the “mana” spirit of their possessors, and so become associated with them. The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving.

The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving. Focusing on Oceania societies from Polynesia to Papua New Guinea and including Australian Aborigine groups, Annette Weiner investigates the category of possessions that must not be given or, if they are circulated, must return finally to the giver.

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

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The Paradox of Keeping-while-giving Annette B. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Economic anthropology Giving Property.