Argonauts of the Western Pacific by Bronislaw Malinowski

Argonauts of the Western Pacific Paperback Apr 4 2014

By Bronislaw Malinowski
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Bronislaw Malinowski's pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is at once a detailed account of exchange in the Melanesian islands and a manifesto of a modernist anthropology. Malinowski argued that the goal of which the ethnographer should never lose sight is `to grasp the native's point of view, his relation to life, to realise his vision of his world.' Through vivid evocations of Kula life, including the building and launching of canoes, fishing expeditions and the role of myth and magic amongst the Kula people, Malinowski brilliantly describes an inter-island system of exchange - from gifts from father to son to swapping fish for yams - around which an entire community revolves. A classic of anthropology that did much to establish the primacy of painstaking fieldwork over the earlier anecdotal reports of travel writers, journalists and missionaries, it is a compelling insight into a world now largely lost from view. ã With a new foreword by Adam Kuper.

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Format
Paperback
Publisher
Routledge
Publication date
Apr 4 2014
Language
English
Pages
542
ISBN-13
9780415738644
ISBN-10
0415738644
Weight
885g
Dimensions
159.0mm x 235.0mm