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The gift : forms and functions of exchange in archaic societies

Author: Marcel Mauss; E E Evans-Pritchard
Publisher: New York : Norton, 1967.
Series: Norton library, N378.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marcel Mauss; E E Evans-Pritchard
ISBN: 0393003787 9780393003789
OCLC Number: 343645
Notes: Previously published: Glencoe, Ill. : Free Press, 1954.
Translation of: Essai sur le don.
Description: xiv, 130 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Introductory --
I. Gifts and the obligation to return gifts --
Total prestation, masculine and feminie property (Samoa) --
The spirit of the thing given (Maori) --
The obligation to give and the obligation to receive --
Gifts to men and gifts to gods --
II. Distribution of the system: generosity, honour and money --
Rules of generosity (Andaman Islands) --
Principles, motives, and intensity of gift exchange (Melanesia) --
Honour and credit (N.W. America) --
The three obligations: giving, receiving, repaying --
The power of objects of exchange --
"Money of reknown" (Renommiergeld) --
Primary conclusion --
III. Survivals in early literature --
Personal law and real law (ancient Rome) --
Theory of the gift (Hindu classical period) --
Pledge and gift (Germanic societies) --
IV. Conclusions --
Moral conclusions --
Political and economic conclusions --
Sociological and ethical conclusions.
Series Title: Norton library, N378.
Other Titles: Essai sur le don.
Responsibility: by Marcel Mauss ; translated by Ian Cunnison ; with an introduction by E.E. Evans-Pritchard.

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