Please write a short response paper of 1-2 pages discussing your reaction to Lee’s article “Eating Christmas in the Kalahari.” In it, reflect on the information you read in the chapter and how it relates to the article. Some questions you may ask yourself are:
Why might characterizing egalitarian societies with reciprocal economies as primitive, naïve, or simplistic be ethnocentric. How does this psychologizing of economic relations misrepresent these societies? How might our own economic views enforce this erroneous view?
Can you think of some examples of reciprocity in our own society? How might they be beneficial?