Rule Enforcement Without Visible Means: Christmas Gift Giving in Middletown

This paper describes the unwirtten and largely unrecognized rules that regulate Christmas gift giving and associated rituals in this community and the effective enforcement of those rules without visible means

Theodore Caplow

2002

Scholarcy highlights

  • As part of a much larger study of social change in Middletown, a random sample of adult residents was interviewed early in 1979 about celebrations of the previous Christmas
  • This paper describes the unwirtten and largely unrecognized rules that regulate Christmas gift giving and associated rituals in this community and the effective enforcement of those rules without visible means
  • Silber Gift-giving in the great traditions: the case of donations to monasteries in the medieval West, European Journal of Sociology 36, no.22: 209–243
  • Routh Constraints on the use of money as a gift at Christmas: the role of status and intimacy∗, Journal of Economic Psychology 12, no.11: 47–69

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