Gift-Giving and Foundation-Owned Business

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    Current literature, discussions, and theoretical analyses of gift-giving practices owe a deep debt to the French anthropologist Marcel Mauss. Gift-giving is defined through the relationship between a giver, a gift, and a receiver based on the essential rules that regulate gift-giving; a gift has to be given, received, and reciprocated (Mauss 1990). These practices create social bonds and debts, which hold such relations together. Mauss emphasized that gift-giving is a total social entity (Mauss 1990, p. 7) – in other words, a phenomenon whose specific design plays a central part in defining and organizing society at large (Mauss 1990, p. 5).
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Business and Professional Ethics
    EditorsDeborah C. Poff, Alex C. Michalos
    Number of pages3
    Place of PublicationCham
    Publication date2023
    ISBN (Print)9783030227654
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319235141, 9783030227678
    Publication statusPublished - 2023

    Bibliographical note

    Published online: 22 October 2021.


    • Company philanthropy
    • Industrial foundations
    • Philanthropic industries

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