Marcel Mauss

Sociologist, Author

1872 – 1950

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Who was Marcel Mauss?

Marcel Mauss was a French sociologist. The nephew of Émile Durkheim, Mauss's academic work traversed the boundaries between sociology and anthropology. Today, he is perhaps better recognised for his influence on the latter discipline; particularly with respect to his analyses of topics such as magic, sacrifice and gift exchange in different cultures around the world. Mauss had a significant influence upon the founder of structural anthropology, Claude Lévi-Strauss. His most famous book is The Gift.

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Born
May 10, 1872
Épinal
Religion
  • Judaism
Ethnicity
  • Jewish people
Nationality
  • France
Profession
Education
  • École pratique des hautes études
Lived in
  • Lorraine
Died
Feb 10, 1950
Paris

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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