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Marcel Mauss's The Gift

Marcel Mauss

In The Gift (1925), Marcel Mauss elevates a simple gift from the status of innocent object to something that has the capacity to motivate people and define social relationships. The Gift analyzes cultures across the world and across time, examining the ways gifts are given and received to understand the rules and traditions of many different societies. Gifts can be tangible, like jewelry, or intangible, like the offering of skills. But binding relationships are always created when gifts are given, received, or exchanged. Mauss concludes that this ritual leads to a fairer society. Through gifts, people grasp the importance of their own social obligations.

In The Gift (1925), Marcel Mauss elevates a simple gift from the status of innocent object to something that has the capacity to motivate people and define social relationships. The Gift analyzes cultures across the world and across time, examining the ways gifts are given and received to understand the rules and traditions of many different societies. Gifts can be tangible, like jewelry, or intangible, like the offering of skills. But binding relationships are always created when gifts are given, received, or exchanged. Mauss concludes that this ritual leads to a fairer society. Through gifts, people grasp the importance of their own social obligations.
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In The Gift (1925), Marcel Mauss elevates a simple gift from the status of innocent object to something that has the capacity to motivate people and define social relationships. The Gift analyzes cultures across the world and across time, examining the ways gifts are given and received to understand the rules and traditions of many different societies. Gifts can be tangible, like jewelry, or intangible, like the offering of skills. But binding relationships are always created when gifts are given, received, or exchanged. Mauss concludes that this ritual leads to a fairer society. Through gifts, people grasp the importance of their own social obligations.

Language:

English

Narrators:

The Macat Team, Macat.com

Length:

2h 11m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:08


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

10:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

10:18


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

10:23


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:43


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

10:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:47


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

10:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

10:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

10:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

09:30