The Gift of Thanks: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude

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HardCover. Pub Date: 2009 Pages: 464 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt known as an 'anthropologist of everyday life.' Margaret Visser has in five award-winning books. Uncovered and Illuminated the Intriguing and unexpected strengths and weaknesses of everyday objects and habits. Now she turns her keen eye to another custom so frequently encountered that it often escapes notice: saying 'Thank you.' What do we really mean by these two simple words This fascinating inquiry into all aspects of gratitude ranges from the unusual determination with which parents teach their children to thank. to the difference between speaking the words and feeling them. to the ways different cultures handle the complex matters of giving. receiving. and returning favors and presents. Visser illuminates the fundamental opposition in our own culture between gift -giving and commodity exchange. and...

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