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The Gift - by Marcel Mauss (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 164

Genre: Social Science

Sub-Genre: Anthropology

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Book theme: General

Author: Marcel Mauss

Language: English

Street Date: August 17, 2000
TCIN: 77474630
UPC: 9780393320435
Item Number (DPCI): 247-17-6003


A brilliant example of the comparative method, ?The Gift? 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 distinguished anthropologist Mary Douglas, ?The Gift ?is essential reading for students of social anthropology and sociology.

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