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By Marcel Fournier

This e-book is the 1st highbrow biography of Marcel Mauss (1872-1950), the daddy of contemporary ethnology and a number one early determine within the French tuition of sociology. Mauss left a wealthy highbrow legacy within the social sciences, influencing the paintings of Claude Lévi-Strauss and others. His masterpiece, the 1925 essay The Gift, on reciprocity and reward economies between archaic societies, is still required studying in anthropology, and his paintings extra greatly resonates this day with scholars and students in fields from the heritage of faith to sociology. Mauss taught the 1st iteration of French box researchers in anthropology and helped safe the legacy of his uncle, émile Durkheim, the founding father of glossy sociology.

In Marcel Mauss: A Biography, Marcel Fournier situates Mauss's principles of their biographical context, focusing not just at the information of Mauss's lifestyles but additionally at the humans and the tutorial milieus with which he used to be linked in early twentieth-century France. He exhibits how Mauss--through his writings, educating, and socialist politics--found himself on the heart of the highbrow and political lifetime of his state and of Europe via international wars. The ebook addresses, between different issues, the influence of the Dreyfus Affair and the 1st international conflict on Mauss's suggestion, and the internal dynamics of the gang of students round Mauss and Durkheim on the magazine they helped identify, Année Sociologique.

The fruit of large study, Marcel Mauss: A Biography is the existence tale either one of a mythical pupil and of the institutionalization of sociology and anthropology.

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