Argonauts of the Western Pacific: An Account of Native by Bronislaw Malinowski

By Bronislaw Malinowski

Bronislaw Malinowski had a expertise for bringing jointly in unmarried comprehension the nice and cozy fact of human residing with the cool abstractions of technological know-how. His pages became a nearly vital hyperlink among the understanding of “exotic” and distant humans and theoretical wisdom approximately humankind. This vintage volume—originally released in 1922—can be thought of the founding rfile of monetary anthropology, and is still the easiest one to learn. It emphasizes the nice importance of “primitive” economics via singling out the impressive trade method of the Trobriand Islands for distinctive attention. even supposing the most subject matter is financial, consistent reference is made to social association, lifestyles and that means, the ability of magic, and mythology and folklore. Following Malinowski, we're quickly “paddling at the lagoon, gazing the natives lower than the blazing solar at their backyard paintings, following them in the course of the patches of jungle. And at the winding seashores and reefs, we will find out about their life.” The existence we find out about is either Trobriand existence in New Guinea in addition to lifetime of universal humanity. for almost thirty years, Waveland Press has made Malinowski’s most famed ethnography on hand for modern day scholars and readers at a cheap fee. either the present print model and the booklet were tremendously enriched via eighty digitally superior historical images and maps.

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