gift giving/social negotiation

Edward Gosfield (gosfield@DOLPHIN.UPENN.EDU)
Sat, 18 Nov 1995 09:16:08 -0500

since noone else has mentioned it, you might consider the work of McKim
Mariott whose work uses transactional analysis of 'prestations' to
elucidate status relationships in India. Although this is certainly not
an egalitarian society, the theoretical and methodological concepts may
help you focus your own approach.

Frederick Barth has also worked in this mode, although you would have to
check for individual papers, since most of his more lengthy works have
not been that methodologically oriented.