By Bronislaw Malinowski,Adam Kuper
Bronislaw Malinowski’s pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is without delay a close 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 snatch the native’s standpoint, his relation to existence, to understand his imaginative and prescient of his world.’ via vibrant evocations of Kula lifestyles, together with the construction and launching of canoes, fishing expeditions and the position of delusion and magic among the Kula humans, Malinowski brilliantly describes an inter-island method of trade - from presents from father to son to swapping fish for yams - round which a whole group revolves.
A vintage of anthropology that did a lot to set up the primacy of painstaking fieldwork over the sooner anecdotal reviews of go back and forth writers, newshounds and missionaries, it's a compelling perception right into a global now principally misplaced from view.
With a brand new foreword by way of Adam Kuper.
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Argonauts of the Western Pacific (Routledge Classics) by Bronislaw Malinowski,Adam Kuper