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The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies (Routledge Classics) Hardcover – 11 Oct 2001

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (11 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 041526748X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415267489
  • Package Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,577,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'The Gift is quite undeniably the masterwork of Marcel Mauss, his most justly famous writing, and the work whose influence has been the deepest.' - Claude Lévi-Strauss

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'The teaching of Marcel Mauss was one to which few can be compared. No acknowledgment of him can be proportionate to our debt.' - Claude Livi-Strauss.

In this, his most famous work, Marcel Mauss presented to the world a book which revolutionized our understanding of some of the basic structures of society. A renowned anthropologist, Mauss sought in this work to transcend empirical observation and reach deeper realities. In so doing, he inaugurated a new era for the social sciences. No work of anthropology or political theory would be the same again. By identifying the complex web of exchange and obligation involved in the act of giving, Mauss called into question many of our social conventions and economic systems. In a world rife with runaway consumption, The Gift continues to excite and to challenge. As Livi-Strauss remarked, 'Few have managed to read it without feeling the whole gamut of the emotions . . . the pounding heart, the throbbing head, the mind flooded with the imperious, though not yet definable, certainty of being present at a decisive event in the evolution of science.'

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