is about the concept of gift and other economic transfers. The starting
point is a critique of the well-known Essay on the gift of Marcel Mauss.
It’s aim is to show that there were many misconceptions in social
anthropology about what gift really is and that the importance of this
practice has currently been overestimated in French and English
anthropology. It starts with a precise definition of what is to be
conceived by gift, as opposed to exchange and a third kind of
transaction, the prototype of which is tax. It includes up to date and
critical views on the Potlatch and the Kula, which are major topics in
the discipline when considering gift and counter-gift.