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Godelier, Maurice

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Perspectives in Marxist anthropology by Maurice Godelier( Book )

82 editions published between 1973 and 2000 in 6 languages and held by 1,254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rationality and irrationality in economics by Maurice Godelier( Book )

134 editions published between 1966 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 1,170 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 enigma of the gift by Maurice Godelier( Book )

49 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 892 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 metamorphoses of kinship by Maurice Godelier( Book )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 696 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 )

18 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"...Long-time columnist, author and radio/TV personality, Don Riley captures all the punch lines in this blast from the past. Belly laughs are punctuated with tears as the reader hears of free-wheeling promoters caught in a cyclone of events, the kind which made this era one to be long remembered"...cover
Big men and great men : personifications of power in Melanesia( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2008 in English and held by 463 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

4e de couv.: The societies of Melanesia have been a constant stimulus to anthropological theory. In this collection of essays, anthropologists who have worked in all parts of the Melanesian region of the Pacific bring their expertise to bear on a single theoretical issue. This is a hypothesis formulated by Maurice Godelier concerning the relationship between power, kinship and wealth. Although tightly focused on Godelier's work, the book opens up a major enquiry into the constitution of society in a part of the world where men of prominence come to personify the nature of power. 'Big men', entrepreneurs of exchanges, and 'great men', who flourish in societies characterised by restricted exchanges and ritual complexity, appear to belong to quite different systems. This book considers how substantial the difference between them really is. There are many accounts of political systems in Melanesia, but nothing quite like the comparative synthesis offered here. This exercise also raises more general issues concerning the unity of Melanesia, and about the potential of the comparative method in anthropology
The mental and the material : thought economy and society by Maurice Godelier( Book )

22 editions published between 1986 and 2011 in English and held by 403 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
L'ideel et le materiel : pensee, economie, societes by Maurice Godelier( Book )

39 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 400 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
Transformations of kinship by Maurice Godelier( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 1998 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In and out of the west : reconstructing anthropology by Maurice Godelier( Book )

18 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 289 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
Un domaine contesté: l'anthropologie économique; recueil de textes by Maurice Godelier( Book )

30 editions published between 1974 and 2000 in French and Spanish and held by 265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La production des grands hommes : pouvoir et domination masculine chez les Baruya de Nouvelle-Guinée by Maurice Godelier( Book )

22 editions published between 1982 and 2006 in French and Undetermined and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lévi-Strauss by Maurice Godelier( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2018 in English and French and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"One of the world's leading anthropologists assesses the work of the founder of structural anthropology Anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss was among the most influential thinkers of the 20th century. In this rigorous study, Maurice Godelier traces the evolution of his thought. Focusing primarily on Levi-Strauss' analysis of kinship and myth, Godelier provides an assessment of his intellectual achievements and legacy. Meticulously researched,Claude Levi-Strauss is written in a clear and accessible style. The culmination of decades of engagement with Levi-Strauss' work, this book will prove indispensible to students of Levi-Strauss' thought and structural anthropology more generally"--
To Find the Baruya Story: An Anthropologist at Work with a New Guinea Tribe by Stephen Olsson( Visual )

15 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in English and French and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This multi-faceted film, photographed in both 1969 and 1982, illustrates an anthropologist's actual fieldwork methods and personal relationships among the Baruya, and provides and in-depth view of the Baruya's traditional salt-based economic system
Her Name Came on Arrows: A Kinship Interview with the Baruya of New Guinea by Allison Peters Jablonko( Visual )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the eastern highlands of Papua New Guinea, French anthropologist Maurice Godelier invites five of his Baruya friends and informants to his house to discuss Baruya kinship and rules of marriage. As Godelier poses questions, the kinship rules that provide the cohesive fabric of Baruya culture are brought to life. Abstract terms are given practical meanings as Godelier investigates Baruya customs of stealing wives, exchanging sisters for wives, stealing names and exchanging "food for blood." Throughout the interview, a wealth of information comes to the surface
Outils d'enquête et d'analyse anthropologiques by Robert Cresswell( Book )

11 editions published in 1976 in French and held by 170 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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 168 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
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 137 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]
Le corps humain : conçu, supplicié, possédé, cannibalisé by Maurice Godelier( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2009 in French and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Réunissant divers spécialistes de l'anthropologie du corps, l'ouvrage explore, à travers les représentations et les pratiques symboliques, les relations entre les sexes, la famille, la propriété, le pouvoir : fonctions symboliques du sperme, du sang, du lait ; rites de passage, interdits sexuels, pratiques funéraires ; mais aussi sorcellerie, possession, anthropophagie
Transitions et subordinations au capitalisme by Maurice Godelier( Book )

13 editions published in 1991 in French and Undetermined and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The making of great men : male domination and power among the New Guinea Baruya
The metamorphoses of kinshipThe making of great men : male domination and power among the New Guinea BaruyaBig men and great men : personifications of power in MelanesiaThe mental and the material : thought economy and societyTransformations of kinshipIn and out of the west : reconstructing anthropology
Alternative Names
Godelier 1934-

Godelier M.

Godelier, Maurice 1934-

Ko-te-li-ya, Mo-li-ssu

Maurice Godelier anthropologue français

Maurice Godelier antropologo francese

Maurice Godelier Frans antropoloog

Maurice Godelier französischer ökonomischer Anthropologe

Maurice Godelier French anthropologist

Moriss Godeljē

Годелье, Морис

غودولييه، موريس، 1934-

موريس جودولييه، 1934-

موریس گودولیه

고들리에, 모리스 1934-

ゴドリェ, モーリス

ゴドリエ, モーリス