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Contemporary Anthropology of Religion

The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors

Editors: Klaits, Frederick (Ed.)

  • Explores how the acts of giving and receiving can influence one’s perceived value Discusses forms of religious philanthropy
  • Addresses unique cultural frameworks of giving and receiving
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This collection revisits classical anthropological treatments of the gift by documenting how people may be valued both through the requests they make and through what they give. Many humanitarian practitioners, the authors propose, regard giving to those in need as the epitome of moral action but are liable to view those people’s requests for charity as merely utilitarian. Yet in many religious discourses, prayers and requests for alms are highly valued as moral acts, obligatory for establishing relationships with the divine. Framing the moral qualities of asking and giving in conjunction with each other, the contributors explore the generation of trust and mistrust, the politics of charity and accountability, and tensions between universalism and particularism in religious philanthropy.  

About the authors

Frederick Klaits is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, USA. He is the author of Death in a Church of Life: Moral Passion during Botswana’s Time of AIDS (2010).

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Asking in Time

    Klaits, Frederick

    Pages 1-24

  • Witchcraft and the Gift: Killing and Healing in Northwest Zambia

    Silva, Sónia

    Pages 25-45

  • Seeking the Wounds of the Gift: Recipient Agency in Catholic Charity and Kiganda Patronage

    Scherz, China

    Pages 47-64

  • When God Is a Moral Accountant: Requests and Dilemmas of Accountability in US Medical Relief in Madagascar

    Halvorson, Britt

    Pages 65-92

  • How Asking and Giving Beget Distrust in Christian Child Sponsorship

    Kaell, Hillary

    Pages 93-116

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-54244-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54243-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Request and the Gift in Religious and Humanitarian Endeavors
Editors
  • Frederick Klaits
Series Title
Contemporary Anthropology of Religion
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54244-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54244-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-54243-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 183
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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