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The movement of gift: owning, giving and sharing in religious perspective

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dc.contributor.advisor Goosen, D. P. en Lind, Timothy Christian en 2009-08-25T10:49:23Z 2009-08-25T10:49:23Z 2009-08-25T10:49:23Z 2004-05 en
dc.identifier.citation Lind, Timothy Christian (2009) The movement of gift: owning, giving and sharing in religious perspective, University of South Africa, Pretoria, <> en
dc.description.abstract The theme of gift has in recent years been subject to considerable commentary in diverse disciplines including philosophy, anthropology, sociology, religious studies and literary criticism. The vast majority of these studies focus on how or whether gift can be differentiated from exchange. In this dissertation I maintain that gift is a form of giving and receiving that is distinct from exchange or commerce, and that it need not create an obligation to return or reciprocate. This gift is given unilaterally to the need of the other and results in relatedness rather than indebtedness. This essay considers the characteristics of exchange and of gift, then reviews the thought of five writers on giving/receiving and reciprocation. This is followed by an overview of the gift theme in African Traditional Religion and the Judaic and Christian traditions, and a concluding chapter summarising thoughts on gift and self-interest, sharing, need, and gratitude. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (111 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject African traditional religion en
dc.subject Creation accounts en
dc.subject Donation en
dc.subject Exchange en
dc.subject Generosity en
dc.subject Gift en
dc.subject Gift exchange en
dc.subject Ownership en
dc.subject Reciprocity en
dc.subject Sharing en
dc.subject.ddc 204.4
dc.subject.lcsh Gifts -- Religious aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Sharing -- Religious aspects
dc.subject.lcsh Africa -- Religion
dc.title The movement of gift: owning, giving and sharing in religious perspective en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.description.department Religious Studies and Arabic en M.A.(Religious Studies) en

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