The return of the gift : European history of a global idea /

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Author / Creator:Liebersohn, Harry.
Imprint:New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2011.
Description:1 online resource (xi, 210 pages)
Subject:Gifts -- Europe -- History.
Ceremonial exchange.
Anthropology -- Philosophy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Customs & Traditions.
Anthropology -- Philosophy.
Ceremonial exchange.
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-204) and index.
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Summary:"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"--Provided by publisher.
Other form:Print version: Liebersohn, Harry. Return of the gift. New York : Cambridge University Press, ©2011 9781107002180
Standard no.:9786612943812