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Unformatted text preview: inappropriate to drink the entire glass at once. The act of toasting is a unique way of incorporating the act of drinking into a social interaction. Toasting is certainly not a technique that is an innate ability or natural habit. It is a custom instilled by older generations. In his work “Techniques of the Body,” Marcel Mauss separates “education” from “technique.” 1 Toasting is learned through education. It is taught by observation, but no formal instructions are given. One learns how to properly give a toast simply from the experience of watching others perform the same action in similar situations. 1 Mauss, Marcel. “Techniques of the Body.” Jonathan Crary and Sanford Kwinter, eds. Incorporations . New York, NY: Zone, 1992, 454-476....
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This note was uploaded on 06/17/2008 for the course ANTHR 1420 taught by Professor Fiskesjo,m during the Fall '06 term at Cornell University (Engineering School).
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