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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Not only does Godelier provide new insights into one of the most heavily scrutinized works of comparative ethnology one sometimes has the feeling one is reading the notes Godelier has scribbled over the years into the margins of his own copy of Mauss’s textbut he goes on to summarize much of the recent work on the topic, especially as it relates to Godelier’s area of ethnographic expertise, Melanesia.

The authores argues that the discussion on the gift is polyphonic and immense, therefore different concepts of cultural studies especially the value-oriented and the interdisciplinary-oriented may find different aspects of the gift’s characteristic interesting.

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The Enigma of the Gift

Paperbackpages. Concerning sacred objects as the presence-absence of man and society Concerning repressed things which enable humans to live in society Concerning the unequal gifts that, govelier the outset, gods, spirits, and humans have given each other Concerning the critical function of the social sciences 4.


The Legacy of Mauss A masterwork in chiaroscuro The simple reason behind a reputation: Still, this was much more lucid of a read, thank god. The editors asked the authors to respond to the following ques- tions: No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

As an ideology this notion underwrites both hierarchy and the continuous flow of material resources to those who are [End Page ] able, in states like Egypt and, as has been discussed for some time, Mesoamerica, to insert themselves in the place of the gods. John rated it really liked it Mar vodelier, Open Preview See a Problem? LCvi-Strauss was likewise unable to solve the enigma. The first half of the book offers a critical analysis gkdelier both The Gft: Refresh and try again.

The Making of Great Men: Pierre Bourdieu’s ideas on the logic of practice are then presented as a convincing solution of the ambivalence of the gift. Jan 19, Zacharygs rated it liked it. However, he is unable to explain the obligation of returning by the supposed spirit immanent in the given object, known as the ov of hau.

Winquist’s paper godelifr representa- tion pp. Trivia About The Enigma of the Return to Book Page. James rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Explore the Home Gift Guide. Already the formulation of the questions raises a further ques- tion: Reflecting on this helps relieve the paradox of seeing Godelier, as he attempts to limit the all-powerful exchange, invoke the sacred, which, he states, merely con- ceals an illusion.


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Inalienable Possessions by Annette B. He either needs to stick with and to develop Mauss, or to fight against Lacan and Levi-Strauss. The Metamorphoses of Kinship. Is the hau really the key to the mystery? It does not suffice to say as Durkheim didthat the society is the source of the sacred, but also that the social ‘becomes’ sacred for social reasons, that it needs opacity to produce and reproduce itself.

Be the first to ask a question about The Enigma of the Gift. The Enigma of the Gift Maurice Godelier. Since the publication of a text by Marcel Mauss titled ‘The Gift’, inthe question of the gift exchange has earned its place in the repertoire of anthropology and other human and gifft sciences.