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“In Us, But Not Of Us”. The Location Of Society According To Emile Durkheim

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This chapter focuses on Marcel Mauss's understanding of the national question and on his theory of international relations. Of particular importance for the analysis is a long manuscript on which Mauss worked in the years 1919–1920, and which he hoped to revise into a book on the national question. The author suggests that his internationalist convictions and commitments offer deeper insights into his entire corpus. Contrary to Mauss, one has no moral or scientific obligation to distinguish strictly, as he did, the scientific from the political aspects of his thought. The author argues that some of Mauss's best known anthropological writings, most notably his celebrated Essay on the Gift (1925), can be better understood if read against the background of Mauss's reflection on the national.

Keywords:human civilisation; international relations; manuscript; Marcel Mauss; national question



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