Argonauts of the Western Pacific: An Account of Native Enterprise and Adventure in the Archipelagoes of Melanesian New Guinea

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Taylor & Francis, Sep 1, 2003 - Social Science - 616 pages
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First published in 1922, this classic text examines the extensive and complex trading system maintained by the Trobriand Islanders. While the main theme is economics and social organization, the power of magic, mythology and folklore are also examined.

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Review: Argonauts of the Western Pacific

User Review  - Lada - Goodreads

It is a really very good book for anyone who resarch into the meaning of stories, fairy tales and myths, and their capacity to strike the mind and remain stuck. About customs linked to these words. Gestures and words, sacrifices whose meanings hidden in rituals, aslibations Read full review

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User Review  - Anna Dal Pont - Goodreads

3.5 Revolutionary for its time, in the way it regarded the importance of the work "on the field" as well as the foundamental concept of laying down one's methods of research. It is in many ways outdated now, but can still definitely give several interesting sparks for reflection. Read full review

About the author (2003)

Bronislaw Malinowski, a Polish-born British anthropologist, was a major force in transforming nineteenth-century speculative anthropology into an observation-based science of humanity. His major interest was in the study of culture as a universal phenomenon and in the development of fieldwork techniques that would both describe one culture adequately and, at the same, time make systematic cross-cultural comparisons possible. He is considered to be the founder of the functional approach in the social sciences which involves studying not just what a cultural trait appears to be, but what it actually does for the functioning of society. Although he carried out extensive fieldwork in a number of cultures, he is most famous for his research among the Trobrianders, who live on a small island off the coast of New Guinea.

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