Argonauts of the Western Pacific (Routledge Classics) by Bronislaw Malinowski

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By Bronislaw Malinowski

Bronislaw Malinowski’s pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is without delay an in depth account of trade within the Melanesian islands and a manifesto of a modernist anthropology. Malinowski argued that the aim of which the ethnographer should not lose sight is ‘to take hold of the native’s viewpoint, his relation to lifestyles, to understand his imaginative and prescient of his world.’ via shiny evocations of Kula lifestyles, together with the development and launching of canoes, fishing expeditions and the function of fantasy and magic among the Kula humans, Malinowski brilliantly describes an inter-island process of alternate - from presents from father to son to swapping fish for yams - round which a complete neighborhood revolves. A vintage of anthropology that did a lot to set up the primacy of painstaking fieldwork over the sooner anecdotal stories of commute writers, newshounds and missionaries, it's a compelling perception right into a global now mostly misplaced from view.   With a brand new foreword by means of Adam Kuper.

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