The Return of the Gift: European History of a Global Idea

The Return of the Gift: European History of a Global Idea

by Harry Liebersohn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1107002184

ISBN-13: 9781107002180

Pub. Date: 12/06/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book is a history of European interpretations of the gift from the mid-seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Reciprocal gift exchange, pervasive in traditional European society, disappeared from the discourse of nineteenth-century social theory only to return as a major theme in twentieth-century anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, and literary

Overview

This book is a history of European interpretations of the gift from the mid-seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Reciprocal gift exchange, pervasive in traditional European society, disappeared from the discourse of nineteenth-century social theory only to return as a major theme in twentieth-century anthropology, sociology, history, philosophy, and literary studies. Modern anthropologists encountered gift exchange in Oceania and the Pacific Northwest and returned the idea to European social thought;
Marcel Mauss synthesized their insights with his own readings from remote times and places in his famous 1925 essay on the gift, the starting-point for subsequent discussion. The Return of the Gift demonstrates how European intellectual history can gain fresh significance from global contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781107002180
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/06/2010
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction;
1. The crisis of the gift: Warren Hastings and his critics;
2. Liberalism, self-interest, and the gift;
3. The selfless 'savage': theories of primitive communism;
4. Anthropologists and the power of the gift: Boas, Thurnwald, Malinowski;
5. Marcel Mauss and the globalized gift;
Conclusion.

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