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Godelier, Maurice

Works: 388 works in 1,109 publications in 9 languages and 10,388 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Dictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Publishing director, Contributor, Other, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Interviewee, Thesis advisor, Commentator, Redactor, Host, Director
Classifications: DU740.42, 335.4383012
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Perspectives in Marxist anthropology by Maurice Godelier( Book )
69 editions published between 1973 and 2000 in 6 languages and held by 1,134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rationality and irrationality in economics by Maurice Godelier( Book )
33 editions published between 1972 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 639 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This book is the result of a research project begun by the author in 1958 with the aim of answering two questions: First, what is the rationality of the economic systems that appear and disappear throughout history'in other words, what is their hidden logic and the underlying necessity for them to exist, or to have existed' Second, what are the conditions for a rational understanding of these systems'in other words, for a fully developed comparative economic science' The field of investigation opened up by these two questions is vast, touching on the foundations of social reality and on how to understand them. The author, being a Marxist, sought the answers, as he writes, 'not in philosophy or by philosophical means, but in and through examining the knowledge accumulated by the sciences.' The stages of his journey from philosophy to economics and then to anthropology are indicated by the divisions of his book. Godelier rejects, at the outset, any attempt to tackle the question of rationality or irrationality of economic science and of economic realities from the angle of an a priori idea, a speculative definition of what is rational. Such an approach can yield only, he feels, an ideological result. Rather, he treats the appearance and disappearance of social and economic systems in history as being governed by a necessity 'wholly internal to the concrete structures of social life
The metamorphoses of kinship by Maurice Godelier( Book )
22 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 602 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"With marriage in decline, divorce on the rise, the demise of the nuclear family, and the increase in marriages and adoptions among same-sex partners, it is clear that the structures of kinship in the modern West are in a state of flux. In the Metamorphoses of Kinship, the world-renowned anthropologist Maurice Godelier contextualizes these developments, surveying the accumulated experience of humanity with regard to such phenomena as the organization of lines of descent, sexuality and sexual prohibitions. In parallel, Godelier studies the evolution of Western conjugal and familial traditions from their roots in the nineteenth century to the present. The conclusion he draws is that it is never the case that a man and a woman are sufficient on their own to raise a child, and nowhere are relations of kinship or the family the keystone of society. Godelier argues that the changes of the last thirty years do not herald the disappearance or death agony of kinship, but rather its remarkable metamorphosis--one that, ironically, is bringing us closer to the 'traditional' societies studied by ethnologists."--Jacket
The making of great men : male domination and power among the New Guinea Baruya by Maurice Godelier( Book )
17 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 558 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Big men and great men : personifications of power in Melanesia ( Book )
11 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 451 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The enigma of the gift by Maurice Godelier( Book )
10 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
When we think of giving gifts, we think of exchanging objects that carry with them economic or symbolic value. But is every valuable thing a potentially exchangeable item, whose value can be transferred? In The Enigma of the Gift, the 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. Beginning with an analysis of the seminal work of Marcel Mauss and Claude Levi-Strass, and drawing on his own fieldwork in Melanesia, Godelier argues that traditional theories are flawed because they consider only exchangeable gifts. 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. Elegantly 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
The mental and the material : thought economy and society by Maurice Godelier( Book )
16 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
What is the specificity of the human race within nature? How is its history to be explained? What impact do material realities, natural and man-made, have on human beings? What role does thought, in all its dimensions, play in the production of social relations? How are the human sciences to be advanced today? These are among the crucial questions confronted by Godelier in this key book of contemporary social theory. Its point of departure lies in a fact and a hypothesis. The fact: in contrast to other social animals, human beings do not just live in society; they produce society in order to live. The hypothesis: because they have the unique capacity to appropriate and transform nature, they produce culture and create history. Drawing on his own extensive fieldwork and ranging over the most diverse ethnographic data, Godelier substantiates his case by attending to the analysis of both social relations of production and the production of social relations. In a sustained challenge to currently dominant schemas, he offers a series of highly original theses on the constitution, reproduction and transformation of societies, recasting the distinction between infrastructure and superstructures, illuminating the relations between economic determination and political/ideological dominance, and clarifying the character of ideology and its central role in the perpetuation of dominance and exploitation
Transformations of kinship by Godelier( Book )
7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'idéel et le matériel : pensée, économies, sociétés by Maurice Godelier( Book )
26 editions published between 1984 and 2010 in French and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Les Hommes, contrairement aux autres animaux sociaux, ne se contentent pas de vivre en société, ils produisent de la société pour vivre. Ils fabriquent de lʹhistoire, lʹHistoire, et ce, parce quʹils ont dans leur nature propre la capacité de sʹapproprier la nature et de la transformer. Sʹapproprier la nature, cʹest, pour lʹhomme, inventer des moyens matériels et idéels pour disjoindre certains éléments des écosystèmes quʹil exploite et les faire servir à ses besoins. Cette action implique la mise en œuvre de rapports sociaux qui lui servent de cadre et de support et qui, quelle que soit lʹinstance où ils se situent, fonctionnent comme des rapports sociaux de production, ou, selon un parler plus commun, comme des rapports économiques. Quel est le poids des réalités matérielles, celles de la nature extérieure à lʹhomme et celles quʹil a créés, et quel est le rôle de la pensée dans la production des rapports sociaux? Tout le mouvement du livre est là : de lʹanalyse des rapports sociaux de production à celle de la production des rapports sociaux. Le point dʹappui de ce mouvement est dans la constatation que la part idéelle de tout rapport social nʹest pas seulement le reflet plus ou moins déformé de ce rapport dans la pensée, mais lʹune des conditions mêmes de sa naissance, condition qui devient un élément de son armature interne. Lʹauteur montre et son analyse constitue un défi aux schémas reçus que des deux forces qui composent celle dʹun pouvoir de domination et dʹexploitation, la plus forte nʹest pas la violence exercée par les ordres, les castes ou les classes qui dominent une société, mais le consentement des dominés à leur domination. La 'boîte noire' à lʹintérieur de laquelle la pensée doit pénétrer, si elle veut peser sur lʹévolution de nos sociétés, est bien le mécanisme de production de ces représentations partagées par des ordres, des castes, des classes opposés et cʹest vrai aussi des rapports entre les sexes. Lʹun des grands problèmes des sciences sociales, dont les enjeux scientifiques et politiques sont énormes, est là. -- Back cover
Rationalité et irrationalité en économie by Maurice Godelier( Book )
39 editions published between 1966 and 1983 in French and Undetermined and held by 302 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
L'énigme du don by Maurice Godelier( Book )
24 editions published between 1995 and 2008 in French and Undetermined and held by 296 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pourquoi doit-on donner, pourquoi doit-on accepter ce que l'on vous donne et, quand on a accepté, pourquoi faut-il rendre? Cet ouvrage évalue le rôle et l'importance du don dans le fonctionnement des sociétés et dans la constitution du lien social. Le terrain, bien entendu, n'était pas vierge : Marcel Mauss, le premier, l'avait défriché allant jusqu'à avancer l'idée que si les choses données sont rendues, c'est qu'il y a dans la chose donnée un esprit qui la pousse à revenir entre les mains de son donateur originaire. L'hypothèse valut à Mauss la critique sévère de Claude Lévi-Strauss, qui lui reprocha d'avoir pris une théorie indigène pour une théorie scientifique et d'avoir manqué de reconnaître pleinement le fait que la société humaine entière est échange et que pour en comprendre le sens, il faut partir du symbolique et de sa primauté sur l'imaginaire et le réel. La perspective générale adoptée par Maurice Godelier renouvelle profondément notre compréhension du don. Il analyse en effet les choses qu'on donne ou celles qu'on vend à partir des choses qu'on ne donne pas ou ne vend pas, des choses qu'on garde et que l'on doit garder, au premier rang, desquels les objets sacrés. Réanalysant les pratiques du potlatch et du kula sur lesquelles Mauss s'était appuyé, il montre que les énigmes auxquelles Mauss a été confronté se dissipent lorsque l'on comprend qu'il est tout à la fois possible de donner un objet et de le garder. Ce qui est donné, c'est le droit d'en user pour d'autres donc, ce qui est gardé c'est la propriété, inaliénable. Mais il faut encore expliquer pourquoi cette règle de droit s'applique aux objets précieux qu'on donne et non aux objets sacrés qu'on garde. La chose s'éclaire lorsqu'on fait apparaître ce qui est enfoui dans l'objet, l'imaginaire associé au pouvoir. Il apparaît donc que toute société renferme deux ensembles de réalités : les unes, soustraites à l'échange, aux dons, au marché, constituent autant de points fixes nécessaires pour que les autres circulent. Et c'est précisément la redéfinition des ancrages fondamentaux du fait social qui constituent la tâche majeure de la pensée politique aujourd'hui. -- Back cover
La production des grands hommes : pouvoir et domination masculine chez les Baruya de Nouvelle-Guinée by Maurice Godelier( Book )
25 editions published between 1982 and 2009 in French and Undetermined and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Etude sur la société des Baruya, en Nouvelle-Guinée, connue de l'Occident depuis 1951. M. Godelier retrace l'évolution du mode de vie et de l'organisation de ce peuple depuis sa première rencontre avec lui en 1967
In and out of the west : reconstructing anthropology by Maurice Godelier( Book )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Is anthropology simply a continuation of colonial domination and cultural imperialism by other means, or has it - since its nineteenth-century rebirth as a purportedly scientific discipline - produced reliable knowledge about the cultures it studies? Is anthropology a mirror - which reflects only the preoccupations of the (Western) anthropologist - or a window, through which it is possible to see, though not with the same eyes as their members, other cultures?Deriving from the "2002 Page-Barbour Lectures" delivered by the French anthropologist Maurice Godelier at the University of Virginia, and supplemented by additional lectures and articles by the author, "In and Out of the West" addresses a series of fundamental topics and issues in social anthropology - including family, kinship, and the construction of the self. He particularly emphasizes the strategic role of political-religious relations in the construction of societies and social life.Godelier places social anthropology in its historical perspective, with its origins in the West and, more particularly, colonialism, while also arguing that it has to some extent transcended its origins, achieving a measure of scientific objectivity and validity that cannot be reduced to a continuation of the colonial project. A final chapter, reflecting his experience as the first head of the science department of the new Quai Branly anthropological museum in Paris, discusses issues surrounding the presentation of nonwestern cultural artifacts to a Western general public
Au fondement des sociétés humaines ce que nous apprend l'anthropologie by Maurice Godelier( Book )
12 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in French and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Cet essai récapitule les étapes de la pensée anthropologique développée par l'auteur depuis 50 ans, indiquant que la société se constitue autour de la transmission, qu'elle n'est pas fondée sur la parenté mais sur le politico-religieux, qu'il faut plus qu'un homme et une femme pour faire un enfant, et enfin l'idée que la sexualité humaine est fondamentalement asociale
Un domaine contesté: l'anthropologie économique; recueil de textes by Maurice Godelier( Book )
14 editions published in 1974 in French and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Outils d'enquête et d'analyse anthropologiques by Robert Cresswell( Book )
9 editions published in 1976 in French and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Les sciences de l'homme et de la société en France rapports complémentaires by Maurice Godelier( Book )
19 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in French and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dictionnaire des peuples sociétés d'Afrique, d'Amérique, d'Asie et d'Océanie ( Book )
7 editions published between 1998 and 2001 in French and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ce dictionnaire présente quelque 800 sociétés; chacune fait l'objet d'une description qui comporte des données d'ordre géographique, démographique, économique, social, religieux et linguistique. [SDM]
On marxian perspectives in anthropology : essays in honor of Harry Hoijer, 1981 by Sidney Wilfred Mintz( Book )
4 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Transitions et subordinations au capitalisme by Maurice Godelier( Book )
9 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Godelier 1934-
Godelier, M.
Godelier, Maurice 1934-
Ko-te-li-ya, Mo-li-ssu
غودولييه، موريس، 1934-
موريس جودولييه، 1934-
ゴドリェ, モーリス
ゴドリエ, モーリス
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