9780393306989

Gift : The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies

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  • ISBN13:

    9780393306989

  • ISBN10:

    0393306984

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1990-08-01
  • Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
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Summary

Since its first publication in English in 1954, The Gift, Marcel Mauss's groundbreaking study of the relation between forms of exchange and social structure, has been acclaimed as a classic among anthropology texts.

Author Biography

Marcel Mauss (1872-1950) was the nephew and most distinguished student of Emile Durkheim, with whom he founded Annee Sociologique. His other works include Primitive Classification, A General Theory of Magic, and Sociology and Psychology: Essays. The translator, W. D. Halls, was formerly Supermumerary Fellow of St. Anthony's College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

Editorial note vi(1)
Foreword vii
Mary Douglas
Introduction 1(7)
1 THE EXCHANGE OF GIFTS AND THE OBLIGATION TO RECIPROCATE (POLYNESIA)
8(11)
2 THE EXTENSION OF THIS SYSTEM Liberality, honour, money
19(28)
3 SURVIVALS OF THESE PRINCIPLES IN ANCIENT SYSTEMS OF LAW AND ANCIENT ECONOMIES
47(18)
4 CONCLUSION
65(19)
NOTES
84(74)
Introduction 84(3)
Chapter One
87(10)
Chapter Two
97(40)
Chapter Three
137(17)
Chapter Four
154(4)
Name index 158(3)
Subject index 161

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