Marcel Mauss: A Biography

Marcel Mauss: A Biography

by Marcel Fournier
     
 

"This book captures the intricacies of the person and oeuvre of Marcel Mauss, whose impact has not subsided nor should it. Mauss's work and example deserve consideration by anyone intent on challenging easy economistic approaches to social practices, historical dynamics, cultural life, and religious observation. Mauss is a model for resisting reductionism."—See more details below

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"This book captures the intricacies of the person and oeuvre of Marcel Mauss, whose impact has not subsided nor should it. Mauss's work and example deserve consideration by anyone intent on challenging easy economistic approaches to social practices, historical dynamics, cultural life, and religious observation. Mauss is a model for resisting reductionism."—James A. Boon, Professor of Anthropology, Princeton University, author of Verging on Extra-vagance: Anthropology, History, Religion, Literature, Arts . . . Showbiz

Praise for the original, French edition: "Fournier's book is by far the most informed and comprehensive study of Mauss yet to appear in any language. It is an indispensable source of information about Mauss and his colleagues and no student of the Durkheimians or Durkheimian sociology can do without it. For all those who wish to understand the lives and intellectual context of Durkheim and the Durkheimians and of Mauss in particular, and who do not read French, an English translation of this work will prove of great value."—Steven Lukes, New York University, author of mile Durkheim: His Life and Work

Praise for the original, French edition: Absolutely fascinating. Mauss is a much talked about figure-by anthropologists, by historians of the French Third Republic and the Vichy regime, and by scholars of Jewish history."—Natalie Zemon Davis, Professor Emeritus of History, Princeton University, author of The Gift in Sixteenth-Century France

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691117775
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
11/21/2005
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

PART I: DURKHEIM'S NEPHEW 7

CHAPTER 1: Épinal, Bordeaux, Paris 9
CHAPTER 2: Student at the École Pratique des Hautes Études 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 Humanité 123
CHAPTER 8: Collective Madness 133
CHAPTER 9: A Heated Battle at the Collège 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 Collège 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

Notes 351
Index 427

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