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By Olli Pyyhtinen

Bringing social conception and philosophy to undergo on well known videos, novels, myths, and fairy stories, The reward and its Paradoxes explores the paradox of the reward: it really is right now either a relation and something, alienable and inalienable, current and poison. tough the character of giving as reciprocal, the e-book engages seriously with the paintings of Mauss and develops a brand new thought of the reward based on which the present can't be decreased to a version of alternate, yet needs to in its place entail a loss or sacrifice. finally, the reward is tested within the ebook because the most unlikely incidence of gratuitous giving. as well as exploring the stipulations of danger and impossibility of the reward, the e-book attracts at the considered figures equivalent to Derrida, Serres, Simmel, Cixous, Irigaray and Heidegger to argue for the relevance of the phenomenon of the present to broader matters in modern social sciences. It takes up questions in regards to the structure of group and the methods through which individuals are integrated in or excluded from it, gender kinfolk, materiality, the economic climate, and the prospect that demise itself can be a reward, within the kind of euthanasia or self-sacrifice. A rigorous but available exam of the phenomenon of the reward on the subject of quite a number modern issues, The reward and its Paradoxes will entice students and scholars inside of sociology, philosophy, anthropology, political thought and picture and literature reviews.

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