This article argues for the maintenance of the traditional anthropological analytic distinction between gifts and commodities, against a recent trend to refer to all objects as commodities when exchange is their socially relevant feature. It examines Marx's notions of alienation and commodity fetishism in the context of human praxis and suggests that rigorous, rather than impressionistic, use of these analytic concepts in anthropology can clarify a distinction between gifts and commodities in relation to praxis and intention, rather than exchange.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Critique of Anthropology|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2000|
- ■ alienation ■
- Commodity fetishism ■
- Intersubjectivity ■
- Objectification ■