The gift of the political

Dutton, Michael. 2017. The gift of the political. Social Identities, 23(6), pp. 730-740. ISSN 1350-4630 [Article]

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What produces the ability within us to face the possibility of dying
for a cause to which we adhere? Such political commitment backs
onto the issue of sacrifice, which, in turn, inhabits the world of a
gift economy. The gift of the political opens onto a series of
questions tied to different traditions of the sacred and of the clan.
From biblical parables through to Confucian rites, the paper traces
the various pathways enabling the emergence of the gift of the

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Confucius, gift, the political, the sacred, sacrifice, Schmitt

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1 February 2017Accepted
12 March 2017Published
16 December 2016Submitted

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13 Feb 2018 18:25

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29 Apr 2020 16:44

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