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"The idea of gift underlies central problems of social philosophy. In future any adequate treatment of trust and solidarity will need to take this new essay on the gift into account. Utility theory has so dominated our thought that the gift economy has been eclipsed by market operations. Jacques Godbout restores the balance. He shows how market demand depends on the existence of gift exchange. Basic needs apart, what else do people want commodities for? Goods are for giving and hospitality. By turning around the attention of social sciences from the market to gifts this book could change the perspective in an important way." Mary Douglas "In this fascinating book, following in the footsteps of Mauss, Battaille, and Derrida, Godbout and Caillé pursue the "world of the gift" with erudition and passion." Georges Balandier, Le Monde "It may be difficult for readers to resist the meticulously argued optimism of this book. The authors manage to illuminate vast fields of human experience which are in danger of being obscured by modern cynicism: fields where love and gratitude are asserted daily and silently, and where the mysterious "spirit of the gift" continually renews the bonds that define and sustain us." Montreal Review of Books

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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