Where Do Giggles Come From? (Little Golden Book) by Diane E. Muldrow

By Diane E. Muldrow

This playful rhyming Little Golden booklet asks, "Where do giggles come from?" It's a party of households and laughter and youngsters will savor observing piglets, undergo cubs, bunnies, and extra child animals frolicking joyfully with their households.

Charming pastel illustrations exhibit children giggling and laughing whereas enjoying peek-a-boo, hula-hoop, hide-n-seek, and different video games.

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In 1979, Mary Douglas and Baron Isherwood presented their critical view of the conventional theories that had paid attention so far solely to the economically rational aspects of consumption practices (The World of Goods: Towards an Anthropology of Consumption, 1979). In this influential work, the authors proposed to interpret consumption, and the use of goods, their purchase and sale beyond their economic meaning. They launched a new debate on the subject diverging from conventional theories which tended to see merely materialist needs and desires behind consumption.

Examples of such practices are Thanksgiving Day (see below) and Christmas in the Western tradition. These celebrations © The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016 M. 1057/978-1-137-56538-9_3 29 30 M. PAPP have often been described as celebrating material well-being, hedonism, and abundance, since they make extensive use of commercial services and commodities. Christmas gift-giving has been characterized as an illustrative example of the organized co-ordination of the accumulation and distribution of goods (Appadurai 2006, 97–98).

In this regard, the studies and theories presented above can make a valuable contribution to the understanding of the present-day popularity of shichigosan as well as of other popular rituals, such as the first shrine visit of the baby (hatsumiyamairi 初宮参り) or yakudoshi (厄年, ritual observances connected to the belief about calamity or unfortunate years). These phenomena need to be placed in the sociocultural circumstances surrounding Japanese individuals and families, in which commercial profits are but one part of the phenomenon and not the general and exhaustive explanation of the phenomenon.

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