Article ID: CBB001450251

The True Gift: Thoughts on L'Année sociologique of 1925 (2014)


Guyer, Jane I. (Author)

Journal of Classical Sociology
Volume: 14, no. 1
Issue: 1
Pages: 11-21

Publication Date: 2014
Edition Details: Special Issue: Marcel Mauss
Language: English

Mauss's Essay on the Gift was the only article to be included when the journal L'Année sociologique was relaunched after the Great War. Prepared during 1923/1924, it appeared in 1925. The Essay was preceded by Mauss's eulogy to colleagues who had died since the last edition (1912), including five killed in action and its founder, Émile Durkheim (1917). Hundreds of pages of reviews followed, many written by Mauss himself. This article places the essay back in its original context by exploring the resonance of the whole issue with the Jewish ritual of chesed shel emet (generally translated into English as `the true gift') which takes care of the body between death and burial. The three parts of the paper cover: the empirical method of The Gift (very briefly); the eulogy and the reviews; and the concept of chesed (`kindness') in Jewish thought. This reading follows Mauss's own method of combining empirical profusion with a hermeneutics of consonance.

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Authors & Contributors
Kosminsky, Ethel Volfzon
Lépine, Claude
Peixoto, Fernanda Arêas
Steiner, Philippe
Reynaud Paligot, Carole
Despoix, Philippe
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Minerva: A Review of Science, Learning and Policy
Gender and History
History and Anthropology
Journal of Classical Sociology
Editora UNESP Fundação/EDUSC
Presses Universitaires de France
Chinese University Press
McGill-Queen's University Press
Social sciences
Political science
Mauss, Marcel
Durkheim, Émile
Freyre, Gilberto de Mello
Halbwachs, Maurice
Douglas, Mary
Spencer, Herbert
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
21st century
18th century

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