Marcel mauss the gift the form and reason for exchange in archaic societies with a foreword by mary douglas london and new york. The gift is a short book by the french sociologist marcel mauss that is the foundation of social theories of reciprocity and gift exchange mausss original piece was entitled essai sur le donforme et raison de lchange dans les socits archaques an essay on the gift the form and reason of exchange in archaic societies and was originally published in lanne sociologique in 1925. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for the gift the form and reason for exchange in archaic societies at amazoncom read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. The gift forms and functions of exchange in archaic societies marcel mauss ian cunnison e e evans pritchard on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers 2011 reprint of 1954 american edition full facsimile of the original edition not reproduced with optical recognition software this is perhaps the first systematic study of the custom. A brilliant example of the comparative method the gift presents the first systematic study of the custom widespread in primitive societies from ancient rome to present day melanesia of exchanging gifts the gift is a perfect example of what mauss calls a total social phenomenon since it involves legal economic moral religious aesthetic and other dimensions
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