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People Who Care, Share: Book Review: Widlok T. (2017) Anthropology and the Economy of Sharing, Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge. 218 p.
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8493-1053
2017 (English)In: Economic Sociology, ISSN 1726-3247, E-ISSN 1726-3247, Vol. 18, no 5, p. 159-167Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Thomas Widlok is Professor for African Studies and Chair for the Cultural Anthropology of Africa at the University of Cologne, Germany. In his latest book, Anthropology and the Economy of Sharing, Widlok addresses the rich pool of ethnographical material from hunter-gather societies to corporate shareholding to return sharing to anthropological analysis. The book is novel in its theoretical stance because it depicts the contemporary state of the anthropological agenda compared to mainstream economic anthropology. Widlok departs from the assumption that sharing is muchmore than a gift exchange theory and thus aims to theorize sharing in a unique manner. Thus, sharing is theorized as taking advantage of what is valued and taking opportunities for letting go. The major insights of the book are based on theoretical premises of the gift exchange theory. By rephrasing the well-known Mauss schema, Widlok suggests that “sharing creates and maintains social bonds through the opportunity to request, the opportunity to respond and the opportunity to renounce” (p. 79).

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2017. Vol. 18, no 5, p. 159-167
Keywords [en]
sharing; gift exchange theory; sharing economy; theorizing; anthropology; Mauss
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-393553DOI: 10.17323/1726-3247-2017-5-159-166OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-393553DiVA, id: diva2:1354035
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