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Title:Gift exchange and income redistribution between Yombe rural wage-earners and their kinsfolk in Western Zaire
Author:Lux, A.
Periodical:Africa: Journal of the International African Institute
Geographic term:Congo (Democratic Republic of)
Subjects:interpersonal relations
External links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/1159158
Abstract:Whereas in a previous article the author has examined the network of visits between Yombe wage-earners and their kinsfolk in western Zaire (see; Africa, 1971, p. 109-28), this paper relates some data on the economics of solidarity between village and extravillage groups, to those of the visit relationships. After examining the categories of relatives, engaged in visits associated with gifts, the nature of gifts is analysed. Depending on the motives behind giving presents, such as feelings of solidarity, fear for magic reprisals, or ambition, the kind of gifts varies for the distinct groups of relatives. Not at least nature and value of gifts are determined by the worker's commitment to the wage economy, which depends on his professional skill, education, level of wages, etc. Parts of the article: Introduction - Gift - exchange and lineage relationships - Commitment to wage labour and value of expenditures for the kindred - Conclusion. Tables, notes, ref., French summary.