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Author Malinowski, Bronislaw, 1884-1942, author.

Title Argonauts of the western Pacific : an account of native enterprise and adventure in the archipelagos of Melanesian New Guinea / Bronislaw Malinowski ; with a foreword by Adam Kuper
Published Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2014
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 541 pages)
Series Routledge classics
Routledge classics.
Contents 1. The country and inhabitants of the Kula District -- 2. The natives of the Trobriand Islands -- 3. The essentials of the Kula -- 4. Canoes and sailing -- 5. The ceremonial building of a Waga -- 6. Launching of a canoe and ceremonial visiting : tribal economics in the Trobriands -- 7. The departure of an overseas expedition -- 8. The first halt of the fleet on Muwa -- Sailing on the sea-arm of Pilolu -- 10. The story of shipwreck -- 11. In the amphletts : sociology of the Kula -- 12. In Tewara and Sanaroa : mythology of the Kula -- 13. On the beach of Sarubwoyna -- 14. The Kula in Dobu : technicalities of the exchange -- 15. The journey home : the fishing and working of the Kaloma shell -- 16. The return visit of the Dobuans to Sinaketa -- 17. Magic and the Kula -- 18. The power of words in magic : some linguistic data -- 19. The inland Kula -- 20. Expeditions between Kiriwina and Kitava -- 21. The remaining branches and offshoots of the Kula -- 22. The meaning of the Kula
Summary "Bronislaw Malinowski's pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is at once a detailed account of exchange in the Melanesian islands and a manifesto of a modernist anthropology. Malinowski argued that the goal of which the ethnographer should never lose sight is 'to grasp the native's point of view, his relation to life, to realise his vision of his world.' Through vivid evocations of Kula life, including the building and launching of canoes, fishing expeditions and the role of myth and magic amongst the Kula people, Malinowski brilliantly describes an inter-island system of exchange - from gifts from father to son to swapping fish for yams - around which an entire community revolves. A classic of anthropology that did much to establish the primacy of painstaking fieldwork over the earlier anecdotal reports of travel writers, journalists and missionaries, it is a compelling insight into a world now largely lost from view. With a new foreword by Adam Kuper"-- Provided by publisher
Notes Originally published: London : G. Routledge & sons, ltd., 1922
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Barter -- Papua New Guinea -- Trobriand Islands
Ethnology -- Papua New Guinea -- Trobriand Islands
Folklore -- Papua New Guinea -- Trobriand Islands
Kula exchange -- Papua New Guinea -- Trobriand Islands
Massim (Papua New Guinean people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
Kula exchange.
Manners and customs.
Massim (Papua New Guinean people) -- Rites and ceremonies.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Discrimination & Race Relations.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Minority Studies.
Trobriand Islands (Papua New Guinea) -- Social life and customs
Papua New Guinea -- Trobriand Islands.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1315772159