«Mauss et moi⋯». Sur le droit des dons

Translated title of the contribution: «Mauss and i...». On the law of gift

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This oral presentation of a written paper explores briefly why some Western legal systems have traditionally been hostile to gift giving. The transactional private law is generally concerned with the market and therefore fails to understand transfers that are not part of an exchange. To grasp gift giving, the law has had to distort many of its concepts. I conclude that some legal prohibitions indirectly confirm the continued existence of the obligations to give, to receive, and to reciprocate.

Translated title of the contribution«Mauss and i...». On the law of gift
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)409-417
Number of pages9
JournalRevue du MAUSS
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


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