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Unformatted text preview: Today’s Music Intro ‘Gifts’ by Salmonella Dub “I carry all my gifts for you” ‘From me to you’ by The Beatles "If there's anything that you want, If there's anything I can do, Just call on me and I'll send it along, With love from me to you” ‘Yes, we have no bananas’ by Louis Prima “But yes, we have no bananas, we have no bananas today” Q: What are these songs about? 1 Competitive feasting & the struggle to humiliate Anthropology 1102, July 30, 2009 The Power of the Gift John Gordon 6488-2067 [email protected] Counts, D. “Too many bananas, not enough pineapples & no watermelon at all” Why can you never have too many bananas? Why can you not buy food with money in New Britain (Papua New Guinea)? Why can you never refuse a gift? 3 Bananas in abundance as symbol of reciprocity Bananas in scarcity as symbol of affluence 4 Types of exchange Reciprocal Redistributive Market Fictitious commodities Land, Labour, Money Not produced for sale, But sold today in the market 5 Competitive feasting & the struggle to humiliate ANNOUNCEMENT Next Tuesday’s film begins promptly at 12:00 noon (and runs for 55 minutes) The Kawelka: Ongka’s Big Moka 6 Coercion to produce increases as system becomes more complex Chief redistributor (Big Man or Chief) 7 Redistributive exchange Egalitarian...
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