The Gift Economy

The Gift Economy

Author: David Cheal

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317401339

Category: Social Science

Page: 243

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Until recently we have known more about gift giving practices in pre-industrial societies than about those of industrial western society. In this book, first published in 1988, David Cheal shows that the process of present giving and receiving is a vital element in contemporary social life, relevant to some of the most important theoretical traditions in sociology, particularly those of Durkheim and Weber, and to the social constructionism of Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann. This volume is the result of a major study of gift rituals carried out by David Cheal and his associates in which general themes are richly illustrated with details from individual case histories gathered during the research. It is highly significant that in western society women are more active gift givers than men and, while their voices explain how emotions and interests are interrelated within the gift economy, the author shows how that in turn is related to current theories about family, gender and religion.

Politics of the Gift

Politics of the Gift

Author: Gerald Moore

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748688272

Category: Philosophy

Page: 240

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Gerald Moore shows how the problematic of the gift drives and illuminates the last century of French philosophy. By tracing the creation of the gift as a concept, from its origins in philosophy and the social sciences, right up to the present, Moore shows

The Gift Horse's Mouth

The Gift Horse's Mouth

Author: Joseph Sones

Publisher: FriesenPress

ISBN: 9781460292266

Category: Authors

Page: 247

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When Chuck Arbour, a Winnipeg boy, graduates high school, he receives two letters in the mail that invite him to study with the elite academics in the city. He had been lately receiving significant attention due to his talent and originality in writing, but was unprepared for this introduction to the world of higher education. The young man begins to expect nothing but a smooth transition into what he believes will be the beginning of a future full of fame and fulfilment, but instead experiences resistance from those closest to him as well as a mysterious new acquaintance. Chuck must navigate this new world while trying to understand his own fame, the motives of others, as well as what success and meaning truly are.

The Gift of Purpose

The Gift of Purpose

Author: J. Alexander Rutherford

Publisher: Teleioteti

ISBN: 9781989560044

Category: Religion

Page: 172

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Many writers and commentators are convinced that Western culture and society are unravelling. Who can blame them! As I write this, violent protests rage across the USA in response to senseless murders. The political sphere has never seemed to virulent, and a deadly epidemic has affected all our lives. Many are agreed that there are serious problems working themselves out in Western society, yet among Christians, there is little agreement over the approach we should take to the West and its problems. This issue, how Christians should approach engagement with culture, is not a new one, nor is it a uniquely Western issue. Christians in every age and in every culture are confronted with this question. In response to many today who see it as the Christian responsibility to save the West, to preserve its unique cultural heritage and achievements, this author argues that our lives in this world need to be governed by three theological themes, ecclesiology, soteriology, and eschatology. That is, we must prioritize the local church, engage with society with the understanding that earthly kingdoms are manifestations of Satan’s kingdom, and live in light of Christ’s imminent return.

The Bipolar Guide to the Gift

The Bipolar Guide to the Gift

Author: Arlen Rundvall

Publisher: Trafford Publishing

ISBN: 9781426911064

Category: Self-Help

Page: 248

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When you are diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, you could use a coach and all the advantages that you can find. Bipolar is a serious illness that requires an integrated approach to solving the enigma. This is an informal guide that pulls no punches and talks about everything from sexual promiscuity to manic spending to delusions of grandeur. Over twenty years, I have learned to lessen its power over my existence. It can become less of an illness and, over time, more of an opportunity. We need to look at bipolar in new ways to get different results. Having a reassuring friend who’s been there makes the difference. I teach many basic, easy to learn approaches. A recent test reader, who was in the mire of illness, described the book as a bridge out: she returns to The Bipolar Guide to review the principles that helped her to live. I strive in this book to take alternative approaches to work through the negative illness traits to plug into the gift side. I have been through the highs and the lows of manic-depression and have embraced the advantages, and continue to live an enhanced life. I promote responsibility in this book—there are no excuses, just potential. You can harness bipolar to serve you: it is a tough break-in of the wild horse, but it is possible. We need to look at bipolar in new ways. People need friendly assurance and prodding to surmount the challenges of bipolar. This is a bold responsible approach to living successfully with Bipolar Disorder. Two decades of tough manic-depression lessons are passed to you. This informal guide will be your friend and coach to assist you in finding your own way: we need to learn new approaches to attain different results in our lives.

The Gift of Pain

The Gift of Pain

Author: Barbara Altemus

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0399527788

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 250

View: 116

Thought-provoking and inspirational personal stories from noted artists, healers, thinkers, and peacemakers explain how moments of suffering and challenge became an opportunity for spiritual growth and renewal, with contributions from Deepak Chopra, Martin Sheen, Isabel Allende, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Iyanla Vanzant, Joan Borysenko, Dick Gregory, and others. Original.

The Gift of Kabbalah

The Gift of Kabbalah

Author: Tamar Frankiel

Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing

ISBN: 9781580231411

Category: Religion

Page: 258

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Traces the evolution of Kabbalah in Judaism and sets forth its most important gift: a way of revealing the connection that exists between our everyday life and the spiritual oneness of the universe.

The Gift of Administration

The Gift of Administration

Author: Donald P. Senior

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814647417

Category: Religion

Page: 200

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In his First Letter to the Corinthians Paul cites “administrators” as one of God’s gifts to the Christian community (1 Cor 12:28). But many who serve in administrative service today have difficulty seeing how their everyday work is an expression of discipleship. This book, written by an experienced administrator and noted biblical scholar, shows how the various functions of institutional administration are deeply rooted in the Scriptures and are a genuine expression of our call to discipleship. Leadership, mission statements and planning, finances and fund raising, personnel issues, communications, and public relations—all of these seemingly “secular” activities serve to build up the Body of Christ and deserve to be recognized as authentic Christian ministry. To see administrative service as a biblically rooted gift can help those involved in this way of life to find deeper and more satisfying spiritual meaning in what they do.

The Gift of the Face

The Gift of the Face

Author: Shamoon Zamir

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469611761

Category: Social Science

Page: 351

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Edward S. Curtis's The North American Indian is the most ambitious photographic and ethnographic record of Native American cultures ever produced. Published between 1907 and 1930 as a series of twenty volumes and portfolios, the work contains more than two thousand photographs intended to document the traditional culture of every Native American tribe west of the Mississippi. Many critics have claimed that Curtis's images present Native peoples as a "vanishing race," hiding both their engagement with modernity and the history of colonial violence. But in this major reappraisal of Curtis's work, Shamoon Zamir argues instead that Curtis's photography engages meaningfully with the crisis of culture and selfhood brought on by the dramatic transformations of Native societies. This crisis is captured profoundly, and with remarkable empathy, in Curtis's images of the human face. Zamir also contends that we can fully understand this achievement only if we think of Curtis's Native subjects as coauthors of his project. This radical reassessment is presented as a series of close readings that explore the relationship of aesthetics and ethics in photography. Zamir's richly illustrated study resituates Curtis's work in Native American studies and in the histories of photography and visual anthropology.