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Costly Giving, Giving Guaizas

Costly Giving, Giving Guaizas

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Costly Giving, Giving Guaízas deals with the exchange of social valuables in the later part of the Late Ceramic Age of the Greater and Lesser Antilles (AD 1000/1100-1492). Questions concerning this exchange will be framed in a novel mix of theories - such as Costly Signalling Theory coupled with the paradox of keeping-while-giving and the notion of gene/culture co-evolution joined with Complex Adaptive System theory.
Costly Giving, Giving Guaízas deals with the exchange of social valuables in the later part of the Late Ceramic Age of the Greater and Lesser Antilles (AD 1000/1100-1492). Questions concerning this exchange will be framed in a novel mix of theories - such as Costly Signalling Theory coupled with the paradox of keeping-while-giving and the notion of gene/culture co-evolution joined with Complex Adaptive System theory.

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Published by: Sidestone Press on Aug 24, 2011
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Finally it has to be acknowledged once more that, just as parts of all the
original owners and their social universes will form the constituents parts of
the social valuable that has been handed over in exchange upon exchange, the
constituent parts of this work are formed by multiple scientific paradigms and
the work of their scholars. Similar to the ideal “Guaíza” and the ideal “Gift” it
is impossible to get rid of their influences. Granted, from a modern point of

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view it seems to be a breach of independence to be controlled for some part by
lingering signals of objects, persons and ideas outside oneself and it would be
judged as manipulative conduct to act on other persons in such a manner. Yet,
in the end it is the ability to receive complicated signals, process them for as
long a time as needed to give them a place in one’s own identity, and then
passing them on as an alienated inalienable object or idea that will truly make
communities and individuals – like those in the Caribbean Late Ceramic Age,
or those of the scholarly world, or that of any network of professionals, and
perhaps even those relations of a more romantic nature – successful in their
own social universes. In this way costly signals lead to durable relationships.
The signal is clear: next time you find yourself giving, receiving or reciprocating
in one of those dangerous exchange situations don’t be too stingy. Remember,
to give successfully, is to give costly!

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