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WILKIS, Ariel. Os usos sociais do dinheiro em circuitos filantrópicos: o caso das "publicações de rua". Mana [online]. 2008, vol.14, n.1, pp. 205-234. ISSN 0104-9313.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-93132008000100008.

Based on a case study of an organization responsible for publishing a magazine sold to ‘homeless’ people in Buenos Aires, I examine the social uses of money in philanthropic circles. Turning to the polemic between money and gift at the centre of discussions in anthropology and sociology, I focus on two questions: a) the role of money in demarcating the limits between ‘market transactions’ and ‘gift circulations’; b) the relation between money and morality. Fieldwork involved an ethnographic study of the transactions between the sellers and buyers of this publication.

Keywords : Money; Gifts; Philanthropy; Anthropology of Social Exchanges.

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