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Marcel Mauss

1872 - 1950

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Marcel Mauss (French: [mos]; 10 May 1872 – 10 February 1950) was a French sociologist and anthropologist known as the "father of French ethnology". The nephew of Émile Durkheim, Mauss, in his academic work, crossed the boundaries between sociology and anthropology. Today, he is perhaps better recognised for his influence on the latter discipline, particularly with respect to his analyses of topics such as magic, sacrifice and gift exchange in different cultures around the world. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Marcel Mauss has received more than 535,924 page views. His biography is available in 41 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 39 in 2019). Marcel Mauss is the 11th most popular sociologist, the 518th most popular biography from France (up from 525th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French Sociologist.

Marcel Mauss is most famous for his book The Gift, which he wrote in 1925. In this book, he argues that gift-giving is the fundamental basis of human society.

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Among sociologists, Marcel Mauss ranks 11 out of 54Before him are Robert K. Merton, Georg Simmel, Talcott Parsons, Erving Goffman, Anthony Giddens, and Norbert Elias. After him are Niklas Luhmann, Immanuel Wallerstein, Ulrich Beck, Karl Mannheim, Gabriel Tarde, and Manuel Castells.

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Among people born in 1872, Marcel Mauss ranks 12Before him are Calvin Coolidge, Johan Huizinga, Haakon VII of Norway, Paul Langevin, Léon Blum, and Emil Hácha. After him are Djemal Pasha, Anton Denikin, Sergei Diaghilev, Richard Willstätter, Louis Blériot, and Charles Greeley Abbot. Among people deceased in 1950, Marcel Mauss ranks 10Before him are Gustaf V of Sweden, Vaslav Nijinsky, Johannes V. Jensen, Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach, Albert Lebrun, and Léon Blum. After him are Willis Carrier, Vallabhbhai Patel, Émile Jaques-Dalcroze, Karl Renner, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Heinrich Mann.

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Among people born in France, Marcel Mauss ranks 518 out of 6,011Before him are Joseph de Maistre (1753), Annie Girardot (1931), Joris-Karl Huysmans (1848), Antoine of Navarre (1518), Louis-Alexandre Berthier (1753), and Joseph Joffre (1852). After him are Pauline Bonaparte (1780), Maurice Utrillo (1883), Luigi Lucheni (1873), Isabelle Huppert (1953), Claude Chabrol (1930), and Chilperic I (539).


Among sociologists born in France, Marcel Mauss ranks 3Before him are Émile Durkheim (1858) and Pierre Bourdieu (1930). After him are Gabriel Tarde (1843), Alain Touraine (1925), Marcel Granet (1884), and Loïc Wacquant (1960).