In The Enigma of the Gift, the distinguished French anthropologist Maurice Godelier reassesses the significance of gifts in social life by focusing on sacred. A reassessment of the function and importance of gifts in social life and in the constitution of social relations, based on the work of Marcel Mauss. In Mauss. The Enigma of the Gift. By Maurice Godelier. Translated by Nora Scott. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press,. pp., introduction, bibli- ography.
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Return to Book Page. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. By explaining gift-giving in terms of sacred objects and the authoritative conferral of power associated with them, Godelier challenges both recent and traditional theories of gift-giving, provocatively refreshing a traditional debate.
Not only does Godelier provide new insights into one of the most heavily scrutinized works of comparative ethnology one sometimes has the feeling one is reading the notes Godelier has scribbled over the years into the margins of his own copy of Mauss’s textbut he goes on to summarize much of the recent work on the topic, especially as it relates to Godelier’s area hte ethnographic expertise, Melanesia.
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When we think of giving gifts, we think of exchanging objects that carry with them economic or symbolic value. This deviation, begun by Mauss, needs to be corrected because it gives the symbolic inordinate primacy over the imaginary. How does one explain its appearance, meaning, purpose, duration, future?
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Justice can hardly be done in the brief space of this review to the complexity of the issues and to the proposals of each author. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. By explaining gift-giving in enigja of sacred objects and the enigmq conferral of power associated with them, Godelier challenges both recent and traditional theories of gift-giving, provocatively refreshing a traditional debate. In The Enigma of the Giftthe distinguished French anthropologist Maurice Godelier reassesses the significance of gifts in social life by focusing on sacred objects, which are never exchanged despite the value they possess.
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Pierre Bourdieu’s ideas on the logic of practice are then presented as a convincing solution of the ambivalence of the gift. B James rated it liked it Feb 18, In other words, change is logical and epochal rather than contingent and specific. View freely available titles: Outside the USA, see our international sales information. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores.
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