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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Godelier believes that the symbolic in LCvi-Strauss serves to eliminate questions of the sacred. 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. These objects are sacra which can neither be sold nor given away. This deviation, begun by Mauss, needs to be corrected because it gives the symbolic inordinate primacy over the imaginary.

James rated it it was amazing Jun 20, Are sacred objects symbols? One of the most influential names in French anthropology. 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. Then, in the third part of the book, he deals fodelier the sacred and religious.


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Buy the selected items together This item: Hypothesis on the emergence if development of potlatch. Girard’s hypothesis respects the demand of morphogenesis in Marxist anthropology, correctly reminding us that man is not simply “a being who lives in society but a being who produces society in order to live” Godelier, p. The Enigma of the Gift would be worth reading for this alone. Maurice Godelier tthe a contemporary French anthropologist whose book ‘The Enigma of the Gift’ offers a detailed analysis of the above mentioned essay of Marcel Mauss and develops an original view on reasons why are certain things inalienable.

The Enigma of the Gift

B James rated it liked it Feb 18, 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.

Justice can hardly be done in the brief space of this review to the complexity of the issues and to the proposals of each author. The authores argues that the discussion on the gift is polyphonic and immense, therefore different concepts of cultural studies especially the te and the git may find different aspects of the gift’s characteristic interesting. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and tbe.


In the opinion of Godelier, religion is the key to this problem.

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The Dis-enchanted Gift Concerning the necessary anchor points for fixing the identities of societies and individuals in time Concerning that which stands beyond the market in a market society The return of the gift and the displacement of the enigma Bibliography Notes Index.

Maurice Godelier Translated by Nora Scott. What is the place of potlatch societies in history? JavaScript is turned off in your web browser. 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.

Godelier has divided his book into four sections. As an analytical tool, this perspective helps him to illuminate the notion of original debt in the religions of many ancient state-level societies, where the gods are goodelier to create the conditions of existence, and humans, no matter what or how much they give, can never cancel the obligations this debt creates.

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