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By Bronislaw Malinowski,Adam Kuper

Bronislaw Malinowski’s pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is right away a close account of alternate within the Melanesian islands and a manifesto of a modernist anthropology. Malinowski argued that the target of which the ethnographer shouldn't ever lose sight is ‘to seize the native’s standpoint, his relation to existence, to grasp his imaginative and prescient of his world.’ via brilliant evocations of Kula lifestyles, together with the development and launching of canoes, fishing expeditions and the function of delusion and magic among the Kula humans, Malinowski brilliantly describes an inter-island approach of alternate - from presents from father to son to swapping fish for yams - round which a complete neighborhood revolves.

A vintage of anthropology that did a lot to set up the primacy of painstaking fieldwork over the sooner anecdotal studies of trip writers, newshounds and missionaries, it's a compelling perception right into a global now principally misplaced from view.


With a brand new foreword through Adam Kuper.

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