The Gift: Forms and Functions of Exchange in Archaic Societies

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1954 - Social Science - 130 pages
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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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Review: The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies

User Review  - Ruben - Goodreads

The power of gift and gifting eludes most of us, at least in any meaningful sense. We give, we receive, and move on. Or so we'd like to think so. Marcel Mauss a sociologist from the early 1900's ... Read full review

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An anthropological classic. Short and profound. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
THE EXTENSION OF THIS SYSTEM
19
SURVIVALS OF THESE PRINCIPLES
47
CONCLUSION
65
Name index
158
Copyright

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About the author (1954)

W. D. Halls was an author, educationist, and historian. He translated works by French authors, notably Marcel Mauss and Émile Durkheim, well into his retirement years.

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