By Bronislaw Malinowski,Adam Kuper
Bronislaw Malinowski’s pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is straight away 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 seize the native’s viewpoint, his relation to existence, to understand his imaginative and prescient of his world.’ via bright evocations of Kula lifestyles, together with the construction and launching of canoes, fishing expeditions and the position of fable and magic among the Kula humans, Malinowski brilliantly describes an inter-island approach of trade - from presents from father to son to swapping fish for yams - round which a whole neighborhood revolves.
A vintage of anthropology that did a lot to set up the primacy of painstaking fieldwork over the sooner anecdotal experiences of trip writers, reporters and missionaries, it's a compelling perception right into a international now principally misplaced from view.
With a brand new foreword by means of Adam Kuper.
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