By Bronislaw Malinowski,Adam Kuper
Bronislaw Malinowski’s pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is instantly 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 should not lose sight is ‘to snatch the native’s viewpoint, his relation to existence, to grasp his imaginative and prescient of his world.’ via vibrant evocations of Kula lifestyles, together with the development and launching of canoes, fishing expeditions and the position of fable and magic among the Kula humans, Malinowski brilliantly describes an inter-island method of alternate - 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 trip writers, reporters and missionaries, it's a compelling perception right into a international now mostly misplaced from view.
With a brand new foreword by means of Adam Kuper.
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