About the authors
Marcel Mauss (May 10, 1872-Feb.1,
1950) was a French sociologist, better recognized for his influence on
anthropology. He was the nephew of the well known sociologist Émile
Durkheim, who was his early mentor.
Émile Durkheim (Apr. 15, 1858-Nov.
15, 1917) was a French sociologist. He set up the first European
department of sociology at the University of Bordeaux in 1895. So he is
considered by many to be the father of sociology.
Henri Hubert (Jun. 23, 1872-May 25,
1927) was an archaeologist and sociologist. In 1898 Hubert became a
close friend of Marcel Mauss and began collaborating on the Annee
Sociologique of Émile Durkheim. He developed early Durkheimian critiques
of racial sciences.
Nathan Schlanger is now at the
Institute national de recherches archéologiques préventives - INRAP. He
has been involved in the research on the archives and history of
archaeology for a longtime.
It's a selection of Marcel Mauss's texts, including his major
statements on techniques and technology, on methodology, on practical reason, on
nation and civilization, etc. Most of them are at the forefront of an
important anthropological and sociological research tradition.