Response 4 - Stephanie Salome Jon Nyquist Response 4 A Free...

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Stephanie Salome Jon Nyquist April 27, 2016 Response 4: A Free Gift Does Not Exist Throughout the United States a gift is supposed to be a form of maintaining alliances. But a gift is never necessarily “free.” Mauss believes that “a gift that does nothing to enhance solidarity is a contradiction.” A gift that is given to someone else in a kin group will create a sense of solidarity. But the giver expects something in return even though they do not say so. For example, in American culture when family members and friends attend a wedding they are usually expected to bring gifts for the bride and groom because they are going to be fed. Those who bring a gift might also receive a thank you card for the gift. The giver will always make the receiver fell obligated to return a gift in order to say thank you. Similarly, the stanzas from the Havamal revolve around the obligation of returning or exchanging gifts with one another in friendships or relationships. When someone has a friend “in
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