Inalienable Possessionstests anthropology’s traditional assumptions about kinship, Annette B. Weiner . Afterword: The Challenge of Inalienable Possessions. : Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving ( ): Annette B. Weiner: Books. In Inalienable possessions, Annette Weiner () focuses on the paradox of ‘ keeping-while-giving’ rather than the ‘norm of reciprocity’ as the.

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Reviews “Weiner provides not only a new perspective on social and natural reproduction but also a framework through which to compare societies. Inalienable possessions or immovable property are things such as land or objects that are symbolically identified with the groups that own them and so cannot be permanently severed from them.

Weier from ” https: Property Property law by country. Theuws argues that “Over time, objects acquire new meanings and what was once possessons humble pot may become a sacred vessel.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Aannette, she says, is only the superficial aspect of exchange, which overlays much more politically powerful strategies of “keeping-while-giving.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Power is intimately involved in cultural reproduction, and Weiner describes the location of power in each society, showing how the degree of control over the production and distribution of cloth wealth coincides with women’s rank and the development of hierarchy in the community.

Rather, these gifts can’t be re-sold for money by the receiver because the value and the significance of the gift cannot be alienated or disengaged from its relationship to those whose inalienable possession it is.


The development of Polynesian kingdoms is an example. Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

Inalienable Possessions: The Forgotten Dimension

Thus, when they are transferred from one individual or group to another the objects reserve meaningful bonds associated with that of the giver and their lineage. The Forgotten Dimension Chapter: The Forgotten Dimension Source: The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving.

Weiner demonstrates that not all gifts must be returned. The longer the kin group can maintain the object in their possession, the more valuable it becomes; but it must also be periodically displayed to assert the group’s status, and thus becomes an object of desire for outsiders.

Under the terms of the licence agreement, wriner individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CALSO for personal use for details see www. The chiefs have saved their Kula valuables for external trade, and external traders seek to trade with them before they lose their valuables to internal claims.

Maurice Godelier has further elaborated on Annette Weiner’s ideas on inalienable possessions in The Enigma of the Gift. Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Calling attention to their presence in Western history, Weiner points out that her formulations are not limited to Oceania. As a result, weiber seek to exchange their kula valuables with chiefs, who thus become the most successful players.


Search my Subject Specializations: Men had to find women outside their kin groups to marry hence they “lost” their sisters in order to gain wives. There were, as well, less well known shells called kitomu which were individually owned rather than being part of lineage historywhich would be given to temporarily please a disappointed trade partner expecting a more valuable shell. These inalienable possessions are a form of property that is inalienable, yet they can be exchanged.

Kula exchange is the only way for an individual to achieve local prestige without local political action. The possibilities of transmission in the face of the canon for guardianship establish for ritual leaders a domain of authority that in certain situations leads to a formalized position of rank. The more stratified a society becomes as in Hawaiithe closer the sibling bond “sibling intimacy”.

Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While Giving – Annette B. Weiner – Google Books

Other editions – View all Inalienable Possessions: There, only chiefs were allowed to engage in Kula exchange. Don’t have an account? She inwlienable serves as President of the American Anthropological Association. University of California Press. In these cases, women are critical to the “cosmological authentication” of inalienable possessions.