The Gift
  • PublisherRoutledge
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Publication Date2008/01/03
  • Size12.8 x 19.2 x 2 cm
  • Page224Page
  • BindingPaperback
  • Weight(kg)0.24kg
  • ISBN9780415267496
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The Gift

————The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies

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In this, his most famous work, Marcel Mauss presented to the world a book which revolutionized our understanding of some of the basic structures of society. By identifying the complex web of exchange and obligation involved in the act of giving, Mauss called into question many of our social conventions and economic systems. In a world rife with runaway consumption, The Gift continues to excite and challenge.
Author Description
Marcel Mauss (10 May 1872 – 10 February 1950) was a French sociologist. The nephew of Émile Durkheim, Mauss's academic work traversed the boundaries between sociology and anthropology. Today, he is perhaps better recognised for his influence on the latter discipline, particularly with respect to his analyses of topics such as magic, sacrifice and gift exchange in different cultures around the world. Mauss had a significant influence upon Claude Lévi-Strauss, the founder of structural anthropology. His most famous book is The Gift (1925).