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Introduction To Part V

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In modern societies the gift, together with the nexus of social relations that surround it, has become a relatively marginal institution. This chapter encounters gifts in the intimacies of interpersonal life, as well as in ceremonial celebrations such as those that mark the life course, or the birth of a new year. It is also present in voluntary work and in the myriad charities that solicit donations. Mauss's aim was partly genealogical. He wished to demolish the mythical origins that partisans of the free market like Adam Smith had given it. The human drama opens, in the Tanakh, with Eve's gift of fruit to Adam. The gift relation also provides a frame for depicting the relation between God and Human. Gifts to gods has always been a way to conjure them into communication.

Keywords: Adam Smith; Eve's gift; Mauss



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