The Gift of Thanks

The Gift of Thanks

The Roots and Rituals of Gratitude

Book - 2009
Average Rating:
Rate this:
1

Known as an 'anthropologist of everyday life,' Margaret Visser has, in five award-winning books, uncovered and illuminated the intriguing and unexpected meanings 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 the similarities between gratitude and its opposite, vengefulness. 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.

With her engaging combination of curiosity and erudition, Visser once again reveals the extraordinary in the everyday.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009.
ISBN: 9780151013319
0151013314
Characteristics: 458 p. ; 24 cm.

Opinion

From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

g
greencitymonkey
May 13, 2015

This book was a dense read and was often too linguistically focused for my taste but I did find some interesting and challenging insights into the cognitive process of gratitude that expanded my thinking on how to increase my capacity and teach this virtue to my child.

Age

Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at CPL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top