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Document Type(s):Book
Book Title:The Flow of Gifts
Author(s):Yan, Yunxiang
Publisher Name:Stanford University Press
Place of Publication:Stanford, Calif.
Date of Publication:1996
Annotation:Yan provides a detailed ethnographic field study of a north Chinese village that challenges well-accepted anthropological theories on gift-giving such as the principle of reciprocity and calls attention to the role of sentiment and emotional response. Yan looks at guanxi (personal networks) and renqing (ethics) of gift-giving in marriage transactions, concepts of power and prestige, and gift economics. Evaluating current practices of gift-giving in light of China’s recent history, Yan does not ignore four decades of Chinese socialism.
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