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Essai Sur Le Don

Author : Marcel Mauss
ISBN : 0415267498
Genre : Social Science
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When first published, The Giftserved as nothing less than an onslaught on contemporary political theory. This edition confirms the continuing relevance of Mauss's highly original perspective.
Category: Social Science

The Gift

Author : Marcel Mauss
ISBN : 1614271232
Genre : Social Science
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"Since its first publication in English in 1954, Marcel Mauss's Essai sur le Don has been acclaimed as a classic among anthropology texts. A brilliant example of the comparative method, it presents the first systematic study of the custom -- widespread in primitive societies from ancient Rome to present-day Melanesia -- of exchanging gifts." "The gift is a perfect example of what Mauss calls a total social phenomenon, since it involves legal, economic, moral, religious, aesthetic, and other dimensions. He sees the gift exchange as related to individuals and groups as much as to the objects themselves, and his analysis calls into question the social conventions and economic systems that had been taken for granted for so many years." "In a modern translation, introduced by the distinguished anthropologist Mary Douglas, The Gift is essential reading for students of social anthropology and sociology.
Category: Social Science

Marcel Mauss

Author : Marcel Fournier
ISBN : 0691117772
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The book addresses, among other topics, the effect of the Dreyfus Affair and the First World War on Mauss's thought, and the inner dynamics of the group of scholars around Mauss and Durkheim at the journal they helped establish, Annee sociologique. The fruit of vast research, Marcel Mauss: A Biography is the life story both of a legendary scholar and of the institutionalization of sociology and anthropology.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Gift In Sixteenth Century France

Author : Natalie Zemon Davis
ISBN : 0299168808
Genre : History
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Must a gift be given freely? How can we tell a gift from a bribe? Are gifts always a part of human relations--or do they lose their power and importance once the market takes hold and puts a price on every exchange? These questions are central to our sense of social relations past and present, and they are at the heart of this book by one of our most interesting and renowned historians. In a wide-ranging look at gift giving in early modern France, Natalie Zemon Davis reveals the ways that gift exchange is crucial to understanding alliance and conflict in family life, economic relations, politics, and religion. Moving from the king's bounty to the beggar's alms, her book explores the modes and meanings of gift giving in every corner of sixteenth-century French society. In doing so, it arrives at a new way of considering gifts--what Davis calls "the gift register"--as a permanent feature of social relations over time. Gift giving, with its own justifications and forms in different periods, can create amity or lead to quarrels and trouble. It mixes the voluntary and the obligatory, with interested bribery at one extreme and inspired gratuitousness at the other. Examining gifts both ethnographically (through archives, letters, and other texts) and culturally (through literary, ethical, and religious sources), Davis shows how coercive features in family life and politics, rather than competition from the market, disrupted the gift system. This intriguing book suggests that examining the significance of gifts can not only help us to understand social relations in the past, but teach us to deal graciously with each other in the present.
Category: History

Negotiating The Gift

Author : Gadi Algazi
ISBN : 3525351860
Genre : History
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The Logic Of The Gift

Author : Alan D. Schrift
ISBN : 9781134714773
Genre : Philosophy
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First published in 1997. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Category: Philosophy

Introduction To The Work Of Marcel Mauss

Author : Claude Levi-Strauss
ISBN : 9781136188879
Genre : Social Science
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First published in 1987. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Category: Social Science