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Becoming MapuchePerson and Ritual in Indigenous Chile$
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Magnus Course

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036477

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036477.001.0001

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The Sociality of Exchange

(p.25) 1 Che
Becoming Mapuche

Magnus Course

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses the concept of che, a concept roughly translatable as “true person.” The mode of sociality in which the attribution of che emerges most clearly is the sociality of exchange, of which the paradigmatic form is the relation between friends. This mode of sociality differs in a fundamental way from the relations each person has inherited from his or her mother and father. This is because whereas these initial relations with parents are necessarily prior to the person, relations with friends must be created through each person's own volition. All humans are born to two parents, but only those who go beyond these initial relations to forge their own relations can truly be considered che.

Keywords:   che, true person, friendship, sociality, exchange

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