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Making Things Better: A Workbook on Ritual, Cultural Values, and Environmental Behavior

A. David Napier


Making Things Better demonstrates how non-Western exchange practices and beliefs can redress the ills of contemporary economic systems in which our relationship to material things transforms animate elements of social life into inanimate commodities. Such processes separate objects from domains of deep meaning and release individuals from the moral relationships on which feelings of attachment, community responsibility, and a sense of place depend. Our impersonal relations to things—both our consuming and even our recycling habits—are so ingrained that we often fail to sense how i ... More

Keywords: Ritual, Exchange, Globalization, Indigenous rights, Environmental behavior, Human wellbeing, Behavior change, Law, Property

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199969357
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969357.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. David Napier, author
University College London