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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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The Enigma of the Gift

European and non-western approaches are missing. University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition February 3, Language: In conclusion, the authoress points out that practical and ethical dimensions are also those features of the gift, which make it an attractive issue for cultural studies.

Paul rated it it was amazing Aug 12, Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. In the opinion of Godelier, religion is the key to this problem. 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.


The only thing the authors share “is the confidence that religion cannot be adequately studied and understood if the central methodological questions are ignored and left tthe p.

The Enigma of the Gift by Maurice Godelier

There is no analytical focus or structure in the questions, and the result, predictably, is given. Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. References to this book Last Best Gifts: It does not suffice to say as Durkheim didthat the society is the source of the sacred, but also that the social ‘becomes’ sacred for social reasons, that it needs opacity to produce and reproduce itself.

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Buy the selected items together This item: How could the authors possibly answer them? View freely available titles: Giuge rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Like earlier thinkers, the author analyses things one gives and things one sells; he begins, however, with those things that can be neither given nor sold, but which must be kept, chief among which are sacred objects.

What is a proper definition of religion? Paul Browne rated it really liked it Dec 30, 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. The Ghe of Kinship.


Jodi rated it liked it Nov 25, Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. How does one explain religion?

Indeed, most of the papers de- serve special mention, and many of them are sophisticated and well argued, such as the papers by Clayton Crockett pp. James rated it it was amazing Jun 20, The authores argues that the discussion on the gift is polyphonic and immense, therefore different concepts of cultural godeelier especially the value-oriented and the interdisciplinary-oriented may find different aspects of the gift’s characteristic interesting.

But is every valuable thing a potentially exchangeable item, whose value can be transferred? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? The Legacy teh Mauss A masterwork in chiaroscuro The simple reason behind a reputation: However, Jacques Lacan does not disregard the imaginary and the sacred the way Lhi-Strauss does.

Contents Substitute Objects for Humans and for the Gods.