fictive kinship II

Interesting quotes from Jenny White’s chapter on “kinship, reciprocity and the world market” (2000), italics mine:
“The concept of the gift is thereby used to misrecognise both moral and monetary debts. Rather than seeking closure through counter-gifts, peole try to keep relations open-ended: that is, to remain indebted” (p. 127).
“However, kinship as a metaphor for economic relations requires that relations of domination appear ‘natural’. To that end, the expectation of return for labour must remain unspoken (as in relations between kin) and thus the possibilities for resistance unthought” (P. 148).

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