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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He then explains why this rule applies to valuables that are given, but not to sacred objects, which must be kept. In the opinion of Godelier, religion is the key to this problem. About Contact News Giving to the Press.

University of Chicago Press Amazon. You may purchase this title at these fine bookstores. In the second section of the book the author continues his discussion of Mauss godrlier relating what is circulated in exchange to what is kept back. Thanks for telling us about the problem. But is every valuable thing a potentially exchangeable item, whose value can be transferred?

From inside the book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The critical analysis of the “floating signifier” is not positioned on the same glft as LCvi-Strauss’s hypothesis. Set your country here to find out accurate prices.

The Enigma of the Gift, Godelier, Scott

The Mental and the Material Radical Thinkers. Interesting, but Godelier’s habit of writing in incessantly cascading clauses was frustrating. Giuge rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Like earlier thinkers, enihma author analyses things one gives and things one sells; he begins, however, with those things that can be neither given nor sold, but which must be kept, chief among which are sacred objects.


Mauss showed that all gift systems rely on the godeloer obligation of giving, receiving, and returning. Contents Substitute Objects for Humans and for the Gods. Then, in the third part of the book, he deals with the sacred and religious.

The Enigma of the Gift

Is the hau really the key to the mystery? On the metamorphosis of an object of trade into a gift object or. Jessica rated it liked it Apr 04, Finally, can religion be defined? 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 despite the value they possess.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. Godelier also notes that Mauss does not pay enough attention to offerings, included the category of gifts gifts to godsneither to relations between people, gods and the rights of ownership.

On the metamorphosis of an object of trade into a gift object or a sacred object 3. Jordan rated it really liked it Dec 13, The Enigma of the Gift by Maurice Godelier.

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The Enigma of the Gift. Such is the hypothesis of RenC Girard who, as early asrejected enigmw evasion of the sacred in struc- turalism. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Concerning sacred objects as the presence-absence of man guft society Concerning repressed things which enable humans to live in society Concerning the unequal gifts that, from the outset, gods, spirits, and humans have given each other Concerning the critical function of the social sciences 4.


Twitter Facebook Youtube Tumblr. Man’s relations to gods, superhuman beings and forces, relations of infinite debt and gratitude, is here understood in a somewhat durkheimian and marxist way – as a projection of human’s aspects on the surrounding world, as a work of repressing man’s active presence at his own origin. Paul Browne rated it really liked it Dec 30, Thus, to understand the gift, the imaginary and the sacred must be reintroduced into social life.

Contents The Legacy of Mauss. English Choose a goddlier for shopping. Already the formulation of the questions raises a further ques- tion: Outside the USA, see our international sales information. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. 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.

Get to Know Us. Indeed, most of the papers de- serve special mention, and many of them are sophisticated and well argued, such as the papers by Clayton Crockett pp. University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition February 3, Language: The Metamorphoses of Kinship. There is no analytical focus or structure in the questions, and the result, predictably, is given.

By continuing past this page, you agree to abide by these terms. In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the goedlier Hypothesis on the emergence and development of potlatch. Refresh and try again.