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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Luis Moreno rated it it was ok Mar 25, The Enigma of the Gift. When we think of giving gifts, we think of exchanging objects that carry with them economic or symbolic value.
He arrives at this and other conclusions by deducing the path of change from a rigorous comparison of societies at distinct evolutionary stages. Godeler translated by Nora Scott, The Enigma of the Gift is at once a major theoretical contribution and an essential guide to the history of the theory of the gift. By continuing past this page, you agree to abide by these terms. The paper briefly dscusses what possible benefits for cultural studies can stem from taking up that issue.
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The Enigma of the Gift by Maurice Godelier
Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Is the hau really the key to the mystery? As an ideology this notion underwrites both hierarchy and the continuous flow of material resources to those who are [End Page ] able, in states like Egypt and, as has been discussed for some time, Mesoamerica, to insert themselves in the place of the gods. Lists with This Book. Cornucopia Limited Richard Coyne Limited preview – As an analytical tool, this perspective helps him to illuminate the notion of original debt in the religions of many ancient state-level societies, where the gods are held to create the conditions of existence, and humans, no matter what or how much they give, can never cancel the obligations this debt creates.
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 godelieg the value yodelier possess.
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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. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Giuge rated it it was amazing Nov 27, By explaining gift-giving in terms of sacred objects and godeler authoritative conferral of power associated with them, Godelier challenges both recent and traditional theories of gift-giving, provocatively refreshing a traditional debate.
The third section of the book relates what is not exchanged to the sacred, which Godelier views as the ultimate alienation, working on both a collective and an individual level. What is a proper definition of religion? After presenting Godelier’s stance, the authoress also draws attention to his ethical ths and the argumentation concerning the place of gift giving in the contemporary capitalist world.
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When we think of giving gifts, we goeelier of exchanging objects that carry with them economic or symbolic value. 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 Enigma of the Gift
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