The Gift : The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies

The Gift : The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies

Description

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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Details

Author(s)
Marcel Mauss, W D Halls
Format
Paperback | 164 pages
Dimensions
139 x 212 x 12mm | 177g
Publication date
17 Aug 2000
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Publication City/Country
United States
Language
English
ISBN10
039332043X
ISBN13
9780393320435
Bestsellers rank
73,012

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