The gift in interaction: a study of ‘picking-up the bill’
Llewellyn, Nick. (2011) The gift in interaction: a study of ‘picking-up the bill’. British Journal of Sociology, Vol.62 (No.4). pp. 718-738. ISSN 0007-1315Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-4446.2011.01388.x
This paper analyses the phenomenon of ‘picking up the bill’, thereby contributing to a resurgence of sociological interest in gift exchange. Drawing on ethnomethodology, it describes and locates a distinctive theoretical approach. Utilizing video recordings, the analysis considers the interactional constitution of gifts and how gift exchange is locally invoked via the norm of reciprocity. Recurrent practices are described, through which gifts are brought into being, with reciprocity invoked, by benefactor and beneficiary alike, to manage social problems of acceptance, rather than to sanction insufficient contributions. The study describes the social character of what are perhaps the preeminent gifts exchanged in modern societies; where one person pays for another's consumption.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HM Sociology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||British Journal of Sociology|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Official Date:||December 2011|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 718-738|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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