Tag: Marcel Mauss

How COVID-19 makes us use our bodies differently

The Familiar Strange , May 10th, 2020

COVID-19 has prompted a renewed awareness of how we use our bodies under “normal” circumstances. COVID-19 is also demanding that we change our bodily behaviors to prevent the…

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Reciprocity in Silicon Valley: The prominent role of gift giving among tech entrepreneurs in the Bay Area

standplaatswereld , December 11th, 2019

‘Marcel Mauss applied to Silicon Valley’ – by Vivienne Schröder During my three months of fieldwork in the Bay Area on the work/private life situation of early-stage tech…

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Ep. #41: Mediocrity, Confusing Cake, Public Accountability & Gift Reciprocity: This month on TFS

The Familiar Strange , July 7th, 2019

Simon (0:48) kicks off this panel by asking us about mediocrity. He reflects on his fieldwork in Iran, where he observed – particularly in the education sphere –…

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Paying back or paying forward: What does it mean to give?

Kylie Wong Dolan , June 30th, 2019

I was lucky to have Mexican friends to put me up, ferry me around, shower me with food and attention, without asking for a thing in return. It…

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Don Kalb: HAU not: For David Graeber and the anthropological precariate

Focaal Web Editor , June 26th, 2018

When HAU was launched, my grad students at Central European University were celebrating. Open access! Finally, a breach in the wall that separated the haves from the have-nots….


“I know of Malinowski’s despotism”: Mauss to Radcliffe-Brown

Rex , October 21st, 2016

The people who fill our theory readers are real people who lived vibrant, quirky lives.  It is easy to reduce them to a set of ideas or to…

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Zoë Goodman: What’s the point of the “Mauss haus”? The gift and anthropology today

Focaal Web Editor , June 16th, 2016

On 30 April 2016, a group of anthropological heavyweights congregated at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London), under the aegis of a workshop…