Dislocations of desire : the transnational movement of gifts within the Vietnamese diaspora

Thomas, Mandy (1999) Dislocations of desire : the transnational movement of gifts within the Vietnamese diaspora. Anthropological Forum, 9(2), pp. 145-161.

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Abstract

Gifts have intrigued and challenged scholars ever since interest in the subject was piqued by Marcel Mauss who, in 1925, wrote the book The gift: The form and reason for exchange in archaic societies. Although ethnographic studies of giftgiving have been mostly confined to small-scale communities, scholars have more recently turned their attention to industrial societies, with studies of Christmas giving, Japanese gift-giving, etc. Now, as studies of consumption are entering a phase of efflorescence, it is time to re-evaluate gift-giving. The recent rapid expansion in the transnational flow of people, objects and ideas has had an impact on the social conditions associated with new global patterns of consumption. In this atmosphere of overlapping cultural, economic and political worlds, there is a need to look again at the objects that pass between us as gifts...

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ID Code: 63152
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Vietnamese Diaspora, Gifts, Consumption, Transnational Flow, Transcultural Formations
DOI: 10.1080/00664677.1999.9967504
ISSN: 1469-2902
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Asian Cultural Studies (200202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > CULTURAL STUDIES (200200) > Consumption and Everyday Life (200203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Department of Anthropology, University of Western Australia
Deposited On: 08 Oct 2013 00:57
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2013 00:57

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