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Are We Homo Donans? Gift-Givers? Genevieve Vaughan On The Maternal Gift Economy

Listen to the interview above with Genevieve Vaughan on the Maternal Gift Economy.

In this Kindred interview with Genevieve Vaughan, you will learn how our current COVID-19 quarantine, climate change crisis, and failing capitalist systems share a root cause: our need to return to our life-affirming Maternal Gift Economy.

We are born into a Gift Economy practiced by those who mother us, enabling us to survive. The economy of exchange, quid pro quo, separates us from each other and makes us adversarial, while gift giving and receiving creates mutuality and trust.

Two basic economic paradigms coexist in the world today. They are logically contradictory and conflictual but also complementary. They are connected with patriarchy, the construction of gender and the way we form our concepts. They permeate the culture.What we need to do is validate the one connected with satisfying needs and diminish the one based on the market, causing a basic shift in the values by which we direct our lives and policies.

Listen to the podcast here, and read Genevieve Vaughan’s essays on Kindred here.


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