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Civic GiftsVoluntarism and the Making of the American Nation-State$
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Elisabeth S. Clemens

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780226559360

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226670973.001.0001

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Principles of Association and Combination

Principles of Association and Combination

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Civic Gifts

Elisabeth S. Clemens

University of Chicago Press

How did a powerful state develop in the context of a political culture deeply opposed to strong, centralized states? Reciprocity and relations established through gifts speak to this puzzle of American political development, directing attention to the intersection of models of social order and the construction of formal state institutions. The framework for the analysis is established through discussions of reciprocity as a relational geometry and theories of state formation. The chapter concludes with a sketch of the argument to come.

Keywords:   nation-state building, voluntarism, gift, reciprocity

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