Sex, culture, and myth

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Harcourt, Brace & World, Nov 1, 1962 - Families - 346 pages
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Contents

PAST AND PRESENT
36
Vj PIONEERS IN THE STUDY OF SEX AND MARRIAGE
114
KINSHIP
132
Copyright

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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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