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4.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for anthropology students and those interested in exchange and economy in general, 10 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies (Routledge Classics) (Paperback)
Yeah, so I've now had this book appear on about 4 reading lists over the last two years, have extensively used it in two essays of my own, had it summarised by three different lecturers and have discussed it in numerous seminars. Throughout this time I have observed that my understanding of this work has changed much more than I thought would be possible for such a short work which contained what at first seemed like such an obvious central argument illustrated with ethnographic data of the day. However, the more I engage with Mauss' most famous work the more I realise that this is a text that really tells us about exchange than we might initially realise. Also it is interesting to see how this work can be combined with Marxist's ideas as opposed to being separate to them.

Essential reading for anthropology students. Essential re-reading for anthropology students.
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