By Bronislaw Malinowski,Adam Kuper

Bronislaw Malinowski’s pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is instantaneously a close account of trade within the Melanesian islands and a manifesto of a modernist anthropology. Malinowski argued that the objective of which the ethnographer should not lose sight is ‘to seize the native’s standpoint, his relation to existence, to grasp his imaginative and prescient of his world.’ via vibrant evocations of Kula existence, together with the development and launching of canoes, fishing expeditions and the function of fantasy and magic among the Kula humans, Malinowski brilliantly describes an inter-island approach of alternate - 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 stories 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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