The Enigma of the Gift

The Enigma of the Gift

Details

Author(s)
Maurice Godelier, Nora Scott
Format
Paperback | 288 pages
Dimensions
154 x 278 x 20.83mm | 660g
Publication date
17 Jun 1999
Publisher
The University of Chicago Press
Imprint
University of Chicago Press
Publication City/Country
Chicago, IL, United States
Language
English
Edition
Revised
Edition Statement
2nd Revised edition
Illustrations note
black & white illustrations
ISBN10
0226300455
ISBN13
9780226300450
Bestsellers rank
1,170,613

Description

This work reassesses the significance of gifts in social life by focusing on sacred objects which are never exchanged despite the value they possess. It presents an analysis of the seminal work of Marcel Mauss and Claude Levi-Strauss, and drawing on his own fieldwork in Melanesia, Maurice Godelier argues that traditional theories are flawed because they consider only exchangeable gifts. By explaining gift-giving in terms of sacred objects and the power associated with them, Godelier challenges both recent and traditional theories of gift-giving.


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