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Book chapter
Cheese
In press

Cherkaev X., Paxson H., Helmreich S.

In bk.: An Anthropogenic Table of Elements: Experiments in the Fundamental. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2022. P. 61-69.

Working paper
Language and Cultural Contacts in the Russian-Nordic Borderlands: Change and Continuity

Vlakhov A., Deresh A., Mironova E. et al.

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2021. No. 108.

Gifts of Empire

2022/2023
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 2 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

What is gift? What does it mean to give a gift and receive one? What social relations are created by gift giving? Do gifts play a similar role in all societies? Is ‘pure’ or ‘free’ gift possible? These are the questions of the classical gift theory which appeared in anthropology in the early twentieth century as a way to understand traditional or stateless societies. These are the questions that scholars ask today too, but in a new research context. What is the place of gift in societies that are dominated by market exchange? How did gift giving work in assembling tributary and trade empires? How does modernity take gift form — in ‘civilising mission’, ‘development’, ‘modernisation’, aid and humanitarianism? What is imperial on these modalities of governance? What are gifts of this empire? This course focuses on some of the key work in this field of anthropology and history.