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The Enigma of the Gift

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Why must one give? Why must one accept what one has been given? And once one has accepted, why must one give in return? This chain of obligations is the enigma of the gift.In this important book, Maurice Godelier reassesses the function and importance of gifts in social life and in the constitution of social relations, and his conclusions throw a whole new light on the practice of giving gifts. Of course, this is not virgin territory: in 1921 Marcel Mauss advanced a theory of the gift which drew sharp criticisms from Levi ...

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The Enigma of the Gift
1999, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226300450

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The Enigma of the Gift
1999, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL

ISBN-13: 9780226300443

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The Enigma of the Gift
1998, Polity Press, Oxford

ISBN-13: 9780745621562

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