BOOK REVIEWS Marcel Mauss, A General Theory of Magic, translated from the French by Robert Brain. Routledge and Kegan Paul, London, 1972, pp. 148, Index, $ 7.50. To start off with the complaints. This is a translation from the French re- print by Levi-Strauss in Sociologie et Anthropologie, a collection of some of Mauss' writings selected to play down Mauss' connection with this uncle, Emile Durk- heim. Nowhere in the text is any hint given that the original article was pub- lished in 1904, not 1959 although Pocock, in the foreword states that "we must remember the date at which the Theory of Magic was published" but no date is mentioned. Moreover in L' Année Sociologique 1902-3, the article is jointly pub- lished by H. Hubert as well as Mauss and in the absence of any definite informa- tion as to how the workload was shared, it seems somewhat unethical to com- pletely drop one of the names of the co-authors without acknowledgement. Al- though the 1950 copy is close to the 1904 original text, one rather important difference I noticed was in respect to Codrington's citation on p. 98. Mauss had inserted a note after vigona as
International Journal of Comparative Sociology (in 2002 continued as Comparative Sociology) – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1973
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