This is a meandering book that covers a lot more ground than simply what value might be. Indeed, it reads more like a collection of separate essays each of which has *some* relevance to value rather than a coherent thesis. A more accurate title might have been "Mauss and an alternative to the Neoliberal view", being at heart concerned with combating the individualistic, "economically rational", market-centric, consumer focussed set of assumptions that pervades much thinking in economics. On his side is ranged anthropologists and Marx (his view of society rather than his class politics), against him economists and the anthropologists that were influenced by them. It does succeed in giving a vivid alternative view of how modern society might be, but flounders in its (pre-agent-based-simulation) formulation of a dynamic and co-emergent alternative. However, it does give many interesting insights into what different societies consider their most valuable aspects/artefacts/rituals/persona.