restricted access Mauss Redux: From Warfare's Human Toll to L'homme total
Abstract

After his 1919 demobilization, yet before writing The Gift (1925), Marcel Mauss developed his concept of the "total human being" (l'homme total) as a methodological spur in works such as "L'expression obligatoire des sentiments" (1921). This translation and introduction to "The obligatory expression of feelings" highlights Mauss's post-war transition to psycho-physiological research and the concept of totality. Here, Mauss considers Australian "greeting by tears" as a synchronized performance of mind, body, and soul. We argue that Mauss's post-war concerns had crystallized around the omnipresent threat of loss-of-humanity and his war-survivor's scepticism toward absolute conceptions of individual and collective sovereignty.


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