By Bronislaw Malinowski,Adam Kuper
Bronislaw Malinowski’s pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is instantly 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 grab the native’s standpoint, his relation to lifestyles, to grasp his imaginative and prescient of his world.’ via bright evocations of Kula existence, together with the construction and launching of canoes, fishing expeditions and the position of fantasy and magic among the Kula humans, Malinowski brilliantly describes an inter-island procedure 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 stories of commute 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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