Strategic Affection? Gift Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Holland

by Irma Thoen

Part of the Solidarity and Identity Series

Strategic Affection? Gift Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Holland Synopsis

Gifts, from objects to hospitality and from poems to support, are a means of establishing and maintaining social ties. This study focuses on the nature of seventeenth- century Dutch social relations through the exchange of gifts by a wide range of individuals, from schoolmaster and artisan to poet and regent. Their gift-exchange behaviour is compared to contemporary gift exchange to show that both strategy and affection are necessary elements of social relations at any given time, and that what changes most is not the system but the discourse of exchange.

Book Information

ISBN: 9789053568118
Publication date: 1st January 1999
Author: Irma Thoen
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Cultural studies, Social & cultural history, Sociology,

About Irma Thoen

Irma Thoen received her PhD at the European University.[-]Institute in Florence.

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