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Marcel Mauss : a biography

Author: Marcel Fournier
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book is the first intellectual biography of Marcel Mauss (1872-1950), the father of modern ethnology and a leading early figure in the French school of sociology. Mauss left a rich intellectual legacy in the social sciences, influencing the work of Claude Levi-Strauss and others. His masterpiece, the 1925 essay The Gift, on reciprocity and gift economies among archaic societies, remains required reading in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographie
Biography
History
Bibliographie
Biographies
Named Person: Marcel Mauss; Marcel Mauss; Marcel Mauss; Marcel Mauss; Marcel Mauss; Marcel Mauss
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Marcel Fournier
ISBN: 0691117772 9780691117775
OCLC Number: 57391714
Language Note: Translated from the French.
Description: vi, 442 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I Durkheim's Nephew 7 --
Chapter 1 Epinal, Bordeaux, Paris 9 --
Chapter 2 Student at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes 37 --
Chapter 3 Rites of Institution: Early Publications and Travel Abroad 56 --
Part II The Totem and Taboo Clan 81 --
Chapter 4 In the Cenacle 85 --
Chapter 5 Citizen Mauss 96 --
Chapter 6 Rue Saint-Jacques 113 --
Chapter 7 Journalist at Humanite 123 --
Chapter 8 Collective Madness 133 --
Chapter 9 A Heated Battle at the College de France: The Loisy Affair 149 --
Chapter 10 Not a Very Funny War 168 --
Part III The Heir 185 --
Chapter 11 (The Socialist) Life Goes On 189 --
Chapter 12 A Burdensome Inheritance 215 --
Chapter 13 The Institut d'Ethnologie 233 --
Chapter 14 Sociology, a Lost Cause? 246 --
Part IV Recognition 259 --
Chapter 15 A Place at the College de France 263 --
Chapter 16 Where Professors Devour One Another 276 --
Chapter 17 Enough to Make You Despair of Politics 303 --
Chapter 18 The Time of Myths 315 --
Epilogue: The War and Postwar Years 333.
Other Titles: Marcel Mauss.
Responsibility: Marcel Fournier ; translated by Jane Marie Todd.
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A biography of Marcel Mauss (1872-1950), the father of modern ethnology and a leading early figure in the French school of sociology. It situates Mauss' ideas in their biographical context, focusing  Read more...

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"Fournier's book is an intellectual biography rather than just the biography of an intellectual, and has plenty of value to say about Mauss' ideas."--Terry Eagleton, London Review of Books "Fournier Read more...

 
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