Strategic Affection?
Strategic Affection?
Gift Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Holland
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Table of Contents - 6 Acknowledgements - 8 Introduction - 10 Part I: Practices of Gift Exchange - 46 Part II: Gifts and Meanings - 98 A: Rites of Passage - 98 B: Hospitality - 131 Part III: Terms and Conditions of Exchange - 152 Part IV: Comparison in Time - 198 Conclusion - 224 Notes - 232 Sources - 270 Literature - 272 Index of Subjects - 284

Irma Thoen

Strategic Affection?

Gift Exchange in Seventeenth-Century Holland

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.
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Irma Thoen

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