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- DescriptionThis 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.
- Author BiographyMaurice Godelier is directeur d'Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, head of the Centre de recherche et de documentation sur l'OcEanie, and past scientific director of theNational Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). His book Grands Hommes (1982) won the Prix de l'AcadEmie Francaise.
- Author(s)Maurice Godelier
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication17/06/1999
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight660 g
- Width154 mm
- Height278 mm
- Spine21 mm
- Translated byNora Scott
- Edition Statement2nd Revised edition
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