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Mr Leslie Goode

Research Student

Department: Theology

Thesis topic

'Gift and sacrifice: What does contemporary social anthropology have to contribute to theological understanding of their relationship?'

Recent theological interpretations of sacrifice have employed concepts of the "gift" in a manner inadequately informed by the perspective of social anthropology.  Social anthropology, for its part, is no longer much preoccupied with the concerns of theologians.  I seek to initiate an engagement between the two, especially in regard to sacrifice and its relation to the gift.  I investigate relevant anthropological discussion - especially Godelier's understanding of the relation of sacrifice and exchange, and attempt to formulate a version of Godelier's typology that is sustainable in the light of subsequent anthropological work (e.g. de Coppet, A. Strathern, Rio).