gift economies build community

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First came across this claim in the Wikipedia article, which links out to The Stubborn Vitality of the Gift Economy.

The emphasis in a gift exchange is on strengthening the bond between the givers and receivers.

It creates a kind of "positive debt," where two people or groups are now tied to one another - one party will always owe the other something. It's a purposeful way of entwining lives and communities together.

The Gift Economy

1 Because

  • The emphasis in a gift exchange is on strengthening the bond between the givers and receivers
  • A gift economy creates a kind of "positive debt," where two people or groups are now tied to one another

2 Epistemic status

Type
claim
Agreement vector
Outlook good

Sounds plausible, with plenty of research behind it. I couldn't argue it strongly though.

3 Elsewhere

3.1 In my garden

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