Marcel Mauss

Marcel Mauss


Born
in Épinal, Vosges, France
May 10, 1872

Died
February 10, 1950

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Mauss was born in Épinal, Vosges to a Jewish family, and studied philosophy at Bordeaux, where his uncle Émile Durkheim was teaching at the time and agregated in 1893. Instead of taking the usual route of teaching at a lycée, however, Mauss moved to Paris and took up the study of comparative religion and the Sanskrit language. His first publication in 1896 marked the beginning of a prolific career that would produce several landmarks in the sociological literature.

Like many members of Année Sociologique Mauss was attracted to socialism, particularly that espoused by Jean Jaurès. He was particularly active in the events of the Dreyfus affair and towards the end of the century he helped edit such left-wing papers as le Populaire, l'Humanité a
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“It is not simply to show power...that a man...throws coppers into the sea...In doing this he is also sacrificing to the gods and spirits...”
Marcel Mauss, The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies