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Not Miser, Not Monk, Begging, Benefits and the Free Gift

Hall, Thomas Adrian ORCID: 2005. Not Miser, Not Monk, Begging, Benefits and the Free Gift. Sociological Research Online 10 (4)

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This article considers the idea of the 'free' gift, in particular relation to begging and the receipt of social security benefit and in reference to ethnographic research with the homeless in London and the South East of England. The article draws attention to the potential for both 'dole money' and spare change to signify, socially, in ways which wound. This is to recognise the Maussian connotations and moral framing to contemporary exchanges which mark out people as poor, even where the intention might be to give freely.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Sociological Research Online
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:27

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