By Bronislaw Malinowski,Adam Kuper
Bronislaw Malinowski’s pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is immediately 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 shouldn't ever lose sight is ‘to grab the native’s standpoint, his relation to lifestyles, to understand his imaginative and prescient of his world.’ via shiny evocations of Kula existence, 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 complete group revolves.
A vintage of anthropology that did a lot to set up the primacy of painstaking fieldwork over the sooner anecdotal experiences of go back and forth writers, newshounds and missionaries, it's a compelling perception right into a international now mostly misplaced from view.
With a brand new foreword through Adam Kuper.
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Argonauts of the Western Pacific (Routledge Classics) by Bronislaw Malinowski,Adam Kuper