Who or what do we care about in the 21st century?
Mukta, Parita. (2012) Who or what do we care about in the 21st century? International Sociology, Vol. 27 (No. 4). pp. 446-463. ISSN 0268-5809Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0268580912443578
The article explores the importance of Richard Titmuss’s 1970 book, The Gift Relationship. It analyses the substance of the gift relationship, and its steady erosion through the embrace of neoliberalism globally, by seeing how the ‘gift of life’ has become a ‘theft of life’ through the work of Nancy Scheper-Hughes. It sets out the importance of redistribution and recognition to the study of sociology, outlines the lacuna in Honneth and Fraser, and argues that the preciousness of the gift relationship can only be kept alive by scrupulous attention to social structures that nurture this; and by rejecting the death-fetish that is implicitly and explicitly present in scholarship that explores death as resistance (Mbembe). The article calls for an end to the romance with death, and for the work of mourning to be undertaken, without which there can be no going forward into the futures we wish to create.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Sociology|
|Publisher:||Sage Publications Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 446-463|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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