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Type: Paper
Paper Title: THE ENIGMA OF HOSPITALITY
Author: REINHARD BERNBECK (Freie Universitaet Berlin)   
Date/Time: Fri., 3:00 PM
Co-Author(s): REINHARD BERNBECK (Freie Universitaet Berlin) 
Abstract: Marcel Mauss, Annette Weiner and Maurice Godelier have written at length about the "enigma of the gift." They argue, in one way or another, that the gift without any further expectations is a social impossibility. Bourdieu's theories on symbolic capital have considerably reinforced this conviction. I refer to Derrida's conceptualization of hospitality and his difference between "visitation" and "invitation" to argue that anthropological discussions are driven by commodification ideologies. Archaeology may not provide us with proof of the gift without expectations. However, it opens up discursive spaces to discuss their possibilities. I use a case from Neolithic Iran to show this potential.

Program Number: 3-0830
Session Title: MATERIALIZING AND EMBODYING DEBT
Session Sponsor: Archaeology Division
Session Date/Time: Fri., 1:45 PM-5:30 PM
Organizer(s): CHARLES COBB, MARK HAUSER (Northwestern University) 
Chair(s): ANN STAHL (University of Victoria)  
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