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There is no such thing as a free gift

The Gift by Marcel Mauss

The Gift by Marcel Mauss

“There is no such thing as free lunch.” To this, Mauss would add ‘free gift‘ For him, free gift is an oxymoron. A gift comes with three obligations: to give, to receive, and to reciprocate. A person must give, and the other must receive, and give back something of equal, if not greater, value.

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