The Sexual Life of Savages in North-western Melanesia: An Ethnographic Account of Courtship, Marriage, and Family Life Among the Natives of the Trobriand Islands, British New Guinea

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Social Science - 506 pages
This volume provides an ethnographic account of courtship, marriage and family life among the people of the Trobriand Islands.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD TO THE THIRD EDITION
xix
FOREWORD TO THE FIRST EDITION
xlv
CHAP
1
THE STATUS OF WOMAN IN NATIVE
24
PRENUPTIAL INTERCOURSE
44
THE AVENUES TO MARRIAGE
65
MARRIAGE
93
DIVORCE AND THE DISSOLUTION
121
PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH
179
CUSTOMARY FORMS OF LICENCE
200
LOVEMAKING AND THE PSYCHOLOGY
237
THE MAGIC OF LOVE AND BEAUTY
290
MORALS AND MANNERS
369
A SAVAGE MYTH OF INCEST
452
INDEX
481
264
484

PROCREATION AND PREGNANCY
140

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About the author (2002)

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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