The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies

2nd Edition

Marcel Mauss

Routledge
Published October 11, 2001
Reference - 224 Pages
ISBN 9780415267496 - CAT# RU7498X
Series: Routledge Classics

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Summary

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. 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 challenge.

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