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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Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. The more stratified a society becomes as in Hawaiithe closer the sibling bond “sibling intimacy”. Marcel Mauss first described inalienable possessions in The Gift possessoins, discussing potlatchesa kind of gift-giving feast held in communities of many indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest:. TrobriandsMalinowskinorm of reciprocityprimitive social relations.

This is an lossessions point of view that will have real effects on the direction of future fieldwork and comparative analysis. Weiner Limited preview – The possibilities of transmission in the face of the canon for guardianship establish for ritual leaders a domain of authority that in certain situations leads to a formalized position of rank. The Possessipns 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.

Theuws argues that weindr time, objects acquire new meanings and what was once a humble pot may become a sacred vessel. Provisioning systems Hunting-gathering Pastoralism Nomadic pastoralism Shifting cultivation Moral economy Peasant economics. 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. In addition, gift-giving plays an important role in the cultural development of how social and business relations evolve in major economies possessjons as in the case of the Chinese.

Inalienable Possessions: The Forgotten Dimension – California Scholarship

Theuws, Frans, Van Rhijn, Carine, eds. She also describes practices of loaning inalienable possessions as a way of either “temporarily making kin of non-kin” or garnering status. The book is also important for introducing a consideration of gender in the gift-giving debate by placing women at the heart of the political process.

Archaeological Biological Cultural Linguistic Social. An analogy in Western culture is sporting trophies, such as championship boxing 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. Other inalienable possessions, whether material objects, landed property, ancestral myths, or sacred knowledge, bestow social identity and rank as well.


Inalienable possessions and the history of collective prestige structures in the Pueblo Southwest”. 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.

Inalienable Possessions: The Forgotten Dimension

posseswions Weiner has used the term to categorize the many Kula valuables of the Trobriand islanders who view those objects as culturally imbued with a spiritual sense of the gift giver. These gifts are not like those given in regular gift giving in the West on birthdays for example. Australian inalienable possessions are given cosmological authentication through their religious beliefs in the Dreaming.

Property can be thought of as a bundle of rights — the right to use something, the right to collect rent from someone, the qeiner to extract something as in oil drillingthe right to hunt within a particular territory.

Uses editors parameter CS1 maint: Rather, these gifts inalienablee 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.

In less hierarchical areas, exchange partners may lose their valuables to internal claims. The Forgotten Dimension Inalienable Possessions: It is for this reason that women retain high prestige and authority despite annehte fame of male Kula exchange players.

Reciprocity, she says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving. Calling attention to their presence in Western history, Pkssessions points out that her formulations are not limited to Oceania. Women or the feminine element also exercise power by providing legitimation and redistributing of political and religious power among groups in a society. The longer the kin group can maintain the object in their possession, the more valuable it becomes; but it must also be annete displayed to assert the group’s status, and thus becomes an object of desire for outsiders.

Acequia watercourse Ejido agrarian land Forest types Huerta Ppssessions Land tenure Property law alienation easement restraint on alienation real estate title. The hau can bring strength or even knowledge potentially but a person may also have the risk of losing their hau.


Weiner argues that the role of women in the exchange of inalienable possessions has been seriously underestimated.

Reciprocity, she says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving. It is not Kula shells but women’s cloth wealth that is connected with matrilineal ancestors. David Ricardo Murray N.

Kula exchange is the only way for an individual to achieve local prestige without local political action. possessions

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That ownership may be a bundle of rights held in common by groups of individuals or lineages. The shell 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. University of California Pr Amazon. Thus, when they are transferred from one individual or group to another the objects reserve meaningful bonds associated with that of the giver and their lineage. The development of Polynesian kingdoms is an example.

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

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

The Paradox of Keeping-while-giving Annette B. Inalienable Possessions Author s: According to Barbara Mills, “Inalienable possessions are possessions made to be kept not exchangedhave symbolic and economic power that cannot be possessiins, and are often used to authenticate the ritual authority of corporate groups”.

She currently serves as President of the American Anthropological Association. Reviews “Weiner provides not only a new perspective on social and natural reproduction but also a framework through which to compare societies. Landed estates in the Middle Agesfor example, had to remain intact and even if sold, they could be reclaimed by blood kin.