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12 April 2013—Assignments: Ethnographic Review
12 April 2012—Fieldnotes From History: Longshan Temple
12 April 2011—Breaking the Vessel: Luoyang Longing
|[a] The New Yorker 2013 12-24|
A gift with condescension.
|[b] Nope...the opposite RF|
Oh, but wait...if you have read even Argonauts of the Western Pacific, you know about that part (just think about a kula shell being thrown contemptuously at your feet). If this doesn't make sense, you really need to read Argonauts, the first ethnographic classic (brilliant, for all its flaws).
This takes all of that to a new level. This is the contemptuous gift that you don't (and maybe can't) notice. The giver has the satisfaction of knowing how superior s/he is to you, even though no one else notices. Now think about that. No one notices your contempt.
Yup, you're smarter than everyone, and social exchange is happening...in your own head.
Now this is what social and cultural (and psychological) theory is all about.
|[c] My own head...thinking... RF|