The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France

  • Title: The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France
  • Author: Natalie Zemon Davis
  • ISBN: 9780299168841
  • Page: 391
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gift in Sixteenth Century France Must a gift be given freely How can we tell a gift from a bribe Are gifts always a part of human relations or do they lose their power and importance once the market takes hold and puts a price on eve
    Must a gift be given freely How can we tell a gift from a bribe Are gifts always a part of human relations or do they lose their power and importance once the market takes hold and puts a price on every exchange These questions are central to our sense of social relations past and present, and they are at the heart of this book by one of our most interesting and renowneMust a gift be given freely How can we tell a gift from a bribe Are gifts always a part of human relations or do they lose their power and importance once the market takes hold and puts a price on every exchange These questions are central to our sense of social relations past and present, and they are at the heart of this book by one of our most interesting and renowned historians In a wide ranging look at gift giving in early modern France, Natalie Zemon Davis reveals the ways that gift exchange is crucial to understanding alliance and conflict in family life, economic relations, politics, and religion Moving from the king s bounty to the beggar s alms, her book explores the modes and meanings of gift giving in every corner of sixteenth century French society In doing so, it arrives at a new way of considering gifts what Davis calls the gift register as a permanent feature of social relations over time Gift giving, with its own justifications and forms in different periods, can create amity or lead to quarrels and trouble It mixes the voluntary and the obligatory, with interested bribery at one extreme and inspired gratuitousness at the other Examining gifts both ethnographically through archives, letters, and other texts and culturally through literary, ethical, and religious sources , Davis shows how coercive features in family life and politics, rather than competition from the market, disrupted the gift system This intriguing book suggests that examining the significance of gifts can not only help us to understand social relations in the past, but teach us to deal graciously with each other in the present Some of us go to enormous lengths to find the gift that will exactly convey all the nuances of a relationship We hate bribery and, though we cherish the idea of a free gift, we also hate ingratitude For us this book itself is the perfect gift A superb study of social life in 16th centur

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    About Natalie Zemon Davis


    1. Professor of early modern history.


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    1. A very interesting look at "the gift" which, though it focuses on 16th century France, has meaning for other times and other places. She looks at the gift in ways I hadn't thought of such as through the reformation and counter-reformation. Could we give gifts to God? If we did, did we expect a return, a reciprocity? Protestants saw Catholics as giving with expectation of return. Many intriguing ideas.

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    2. read for cult anthropology with enseng ho - liked it

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