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The Gift of Thanks: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude (edició 2009)

de Margaret Visser (Autor)

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"The Gift of Thanks" considers cultural history, including the modern battle of social scientists to pin down the notion of thankfulness and account for it, and the newly awakened scientific interest in the biological and evolutionary roots of emotions.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. It also illuminates the modern battle of social scientists to pin down the notion of thankfulness and discover its biological and evolutionary roots.… (més)
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Títol:The Gift of Thanks: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude
Autors:Margaret Visser (Autor)
Informació:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2009), Edition: 1, 464 pages
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The Gift of Thanks: The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude de Margaret Visser

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Oh dear! I've got stuck halfway through. Can't seem to get back to finishing it. I had enjoyed listening to Margaret Visser talking about it at my library. Although I gave it 4 stars when I started reading it, I think I'd agree with Meggo's review below. But I will get it read eventually. Margaret Visser's books always repay the effort. I think it would probably help to read the publications that she footnotes. ( )
  pickupf | Jul 17, 2009 |
Why Do We Say Thank You

Having read a few other books of from Margaret Visser, I was eager to read "The Gift of Thanks" and was once again impressed by Visser's multi-disciplinary approach to the exploration of such a common everyday ritual. The book is sociological, psychological, philological, philosophical, historical, geographical, etc... You can really appreciate how she unpacks the complexity of the many cultural and religious traditions of giving thanks as she weaves together such diverse literary works and philosophies such as Homer's Iliad, indigenous philosophies of the Maoris, Max Weber, and Immanuel Kant.

The most relevant parts of Visser's insights were the intersection of this ancient ritual and modernity, how despite the heavy influences of commercialization and commodification, the social act of giving and its reciprocity continues. But also how modernity changes our perceptions and actions, at one point Visser explores the point that is often made that "I don't need gratitude, everything I want I can buy."

The book is rather long at close to 400 pages, but it is a fast read and Visser's commentary about all the many sources she analyzes is very engaging. Overall, I definitely recommend this book for anyone who has ever thought more about giving thanks. ( )
  bruchu | Jun 24, 2009 |
Ultimately disappointing, this book promised to explore the hows, whys and whens of thanks - why do we say 'thank you', when and how. Interesting to a point, the subject matter felt a little thin when Visser veered into the culture of gift giving, a related topic that merely underscored the non-linear approach Visser adopted. I was worn out before I had read much more than half of the book, but others may find it more insightful and entertaining. Not badly written, and at times fascinating, I couldn't force myself to keep plowing through the thing. ( )
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At 393 dense pages of text, “The Gift of Thanks” is too much of a good thing, a bit more of a gift than you desire. Ms. Visser has not brought a shapely cake to our door; she has brought the contents of a bakery.
 
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"The Gift of Thanks" considers cultural history, including the modern battle of social scientists to pin down the notion of thankfulness and account for it, and the newly awakened scientific interest in the biological and evolutionary roots of emotions.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. It also illuminates the modern battle of social scientists to pin down the notion of thankfulness and discover its biological and evolutionary roots.

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