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Homo Regalos: A Call for Applied Gift Exchange in a Time of Global Commodification, Symbolic Violence, and Bloodshed

Seth Mallios.

In placing the emphasis of exchange on people and not things, gift economies humanize interaction. Gift giving makes us social beings. This paper draws on historical, anthropological, and archaeological analyses of differential exchange systems, demonstrating interrelated aspects of global commodification, symbolic violence, and bloodshed and dichotomizing these phenomena with the essence and practice of transferring gifts. It then advocates alternative applications of modern gift economics.


Seth Mallios  (United States)
Department of Anthropology
San Diego State University

Dr. Seth Mallios is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the South Coastal Information Center at San Diego State University. His current research projects draw on insights from archaeology, anthropology, history, Native American studies, religious studies, and sociology.

  • Gift exchange
  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Global commodification
  • Violence
  • Socioeconomics

(30 min Conference Paper, English)