Giving to live together

Marco Aime

Giving to live together

may fri 25, 2012 - 7.00 p.m.
piazza dello Spirito Santo
 admission euro 3.00

From Marcel Mauss’ 1921 essay on The Gift to such online practices as free software, the gift is a constant pervading our lives even if we are not aware. Giving—this common, simple gesture—represents the true driving force behind every community, every society. What distinguishes giving from other forms of exchange? Freedom—the freedom of returning, the freedom of giving whenever and however one wishes. Much of human relations is based upon the acts of giving, receiving and reciprocating, the three pillars of a system resting upon a constant alternation of equilibrium and disequilibrium. They give rise to a time of waiting in which and by which relations between individuals stay alive.

Marco Aime is professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Genoa. He has conducted research on the Alps and in West Africa. Aime has authored a number of books: Le radici nella sabbia (EDT, 1999); Il primo libro di antropologia (2008), Il dono al tempo di Internet (with A. Cossetta, 2010), L’altro e l’altrove (with D. Papotti 2012), Contro il razzismo (with G. Barbujani, C. Bartoli, F. Faloppa, 2016) published by Einaudi; Verdi tribù del Nord (Laterza, 2012); Gli specchi di Gulliver (2006), Timbuctu (2008), Il diverso come icona del male (with E. Severino, 2009), Gli uccelli della solitudine (2010), Cultura (2013) published by Bollati Boringhieri; All’Avogadro si cominciava a ottobre (Agenzia X, 2014); La macchia della razza (2012), Etnografia del quotidiano (2014) published by elèuthera; La fatica di diventare grandi. La scomparsa dei riti di passaggio (Einaudi, 2014); Tra i castagni dell'Appennino (2014), Senza sponda (2015) published by Utet.