Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. 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. Argonauts of the Western Pacific has ratings and 23 reviews. Jenny ( Reading Envy) said: This was a cornerstone of my Readings in Ethnography course.

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III — The second stage: In Ethnology the early efforts of Bastian, Tylor, Morgan, the German Volkerpsychologen have remoulded the older crude information of travellers, missionaries, etc. We shall see him led on to perilous and difficult enterprises by a tradition of magical and heroical exploits, shall see him following the lure of his own romance. In this volume I give an account of one phase of savage life only, in describing certain forms of inter-tribal, trading relations among the natives of New Guinea.

All are dummies dressed up to look very like human beings; but the likeness is only on the surface, all within is hollow and empty, because truth to nature has been sacrificed to literary effect. Preconceived ideas are pernicious in any scientific work, but foreshadowed problems are the main endowment of a scientific thinker, and these problems are first revealed to the observer by his theoretical studies. Bronislaw Malinowski, Argonauts of the Western Pacific: No one would dream of making an experimental contribution to physical or chemical science, without giving a detailed account of all the arrangements of the experiments; an exact description of the apparatus used; of the manner in which the observations were conducted; of their number; of the length of time devoted to them, and of the degree of approximation with which each measurement was made.

In other words, there is a series of phenomena of great importance which cannot possibly be recorded by questioning or computing documents, but have to be observed in their full actuality.

VI — Condition of the performer. With the help of such documents and such study of actualities the clear outline of the framework of the natives’ culture in the widest sense of the word, and the constitution of their society, can be presented. The processes of nature, over which science exercises a real and magic an imaginary control, are not affected by the moral disposition, the good or bad intention, of the individual who uses his knowledge to set them in motion.


The three types of canoes in the Trobriand Islands. VI — Economic duties corresponding to various social ties; table of eight classes of social relationship, characterised by definite economic obligations. XI — Purchase ol certain forms of magic. To anyone who reflects on the subject, it will be clear that the information about a phenomenon of such high complexity and of so many ramifications, could not be obtained with any degree of exactitude and completeness, without a constant interplay of constructive attempts and empirical checking.

There is, however, one point in which the latter often excel. Massim; their customs and social institutions. But there’s no real effort to interrogate the colonialist enterprise or its operations; mostly, it’s just a bummer that things ain’t like they used to be. These ideas, feelings, and impulses are moulded and conditioned by the culture in which we find them, and are therefore an ethnic peculiarity of the given society. IX — Ceremonial setting of magic.

This expedient for an Ethnographer consists in collecting concrete data of evidence, and drawing the general inferences for himself.

No special chapter or paragraph is devoted to describing to us the conditions under which observations were made and information collected.

Mick George, all of whom helped me in various ways and extended to me their kind hospitality. There is all the difference between a sporadic plunging into the company of natives, and being really in contact with them.

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Payments for magical services. It is in many ways outdated now, but can still definitely give several interesting sparks for reflection. The field worker relies entirely upon inspiration from theory. And that is the reason why certain works of amateur residents of long standing, such as educated traders and planters, medical men and officials, and last, not least, of the few intelligent and unbiassed missionaries to whom Ethnography owes so much, this is maliinowski reason why these works surpass in plasticity and in vividness most of the purely scientific accounts.

The country and inhabitants of the Kula district. At each location they would participated in ceremonies in which they presented armbands as opening gifts yagas to the island’s chief and received necklasses as return gifts yotile. The man of science, like the man of letters, is too apt to view mankind only in the abstract, selecting for his consideration a single side of our complex and many-sided being. With the help of this Malinosski and argoonauts many references scattered throughout the text, as to how, under what bronislas, and with what degree of accuracy I arrived at a given item of knowledge, there will, I hope remain no obscurity whatever as to the sources of the book.

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Some melancholy reflections about the folly of destroying the native order of things and of undermining native authority as now prevailing. Find out the typical ways of thinking and feeling, corresponding argonaits the institutions and culture of a given community, and formulate the results in the most convincing manner.

Importance of personal participation in native life. Many other anthropologists also trace the fieldwork mandate back to Malinowski, including Murray Wax:.

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The preparatory and the ceremonial stage of construction II — The first stage: How could I therefore in a few months or a year, hope to overtake and go beyond them? Very different is the presentation of human nature in the greater artists, such bronidlaw Cervantes and Argonaauts The mythological associations of their country.

Indeed, in my first piece of Ethnographic research on the South coast, it was not until I was alone in the district that I argoauts to make some headway; and, at any rate, I found out where lay the secret of effective field-work. But if you are alone in a village beyond reach of this, you go for a solitary walk for an hour or so, return again and then quite naturally seek out the natives’ society, this time as a relief from loneliness, just as you would any other companionship.

Feb 15, Jenny Reading Aegonauts rated it really liked it Shelves: The results of scientific research in any branch of learning ought to be presented in a manner absolutely candid and above board.

The student who is interested, not only in the narrative, but in the ethnographic background for it, and a clear definition of the institution, will find the first in Chapters I and II, and the latter in Chapter III. III — Return home.

Argonauts Of The Western Pacific

IV — Tanareredisplay of the haul. The great beauty of the book is in its execution. Argonauts of the Pscific Pacific developed from anthropological research which Bronislaw Malinowski described as “off the verandah”. III — The customs and taboos of sailing. III—V Sociology of a large canoe masawa. They were simply held until they had be exchanged.