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Author Liebersohn, Harry.

Title The return of the gift : European history of a global idea / Harry Liebersohn
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 210 pages)
Contents The crisis of the gift: Warren Hastings and his critics -- Liberalism, self-interest, and the gift -- The selfless 'savage': theories of primitive communism -- Anthropologists and the power of the gift: Boas, Thurnwald, Malinowski -- Marcel Mauss and the globalized gift
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 171-204) and index
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Subject Anthropology -- Philosophy.
Ceremonial exchange.
Gifts -- Europe -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 051193369X (electronic bk.)
9780511933691 (electronic bk.)