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VII — The westfrn main parts of the canoe spells. In the dancing season, towards dusk, groups of men and women foregather, singing, dancing, and beating drums. Jul 23, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: Big bodies of canoes are drawn high up the beach and covered with palm leaves; here and there nets are drying, spread out on wesrern stands, and on the platforms in front of the houses sit groups of men and women, busy at some domestic work, smoking and chatting.

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Views Read Edit View history. The goods never become the property of any community. Since you take up your abode in the compound of some neighbouring white man, trader or bronislxw, you have nothing to do, but to start at once on your ethnographic work.

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Argonauts of the Western Pacific by Bronislaw Malinowski

But an imaginary case, or still better, a real occurrence, will stimulate a native to express his opinion and to supply plentiful information. For though at present, there is still a large number of native communities available for scientific study, within a generation or two, they or their cultures will have practically disappeared.


There is all the difference between a sporadic plunging into the company of natives, and being really in contact with them.

Argonauts of the Western Pacific by Bronislaw Malinowski I have therefore to express in this special place my obligations to the many who have helped me. These examples are crude, but better ones will be found in the text of this book.

Perhaps through realising human nature in a shape very distant and foreign to us, we shall have some light shed on our own. The malevolent visitors from the South, and epidemics. The men examined in Omarakana.

Inland Kula; some data obtained in Tukwaukwa. Be that as it may, Dr.

Argonauts of the Western Pacific

On this point, Frazer loudly applauds Malinowski in his introduction. It ought to show some advance in method; it ought to push research beyond its previous limits in depth, in width, or in both; finally, it ought to endeavour to present its results bronnislaw a manner exact, but not dry.

VI—XII Linguistic data referring to the other spells mentioned in this volume and some sestern inferences. An attempt must be made therefore, to study and record them.

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Feb 15, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: Even within this, the main field of research was in one district, that of the Trobriand Islands. Argonautw appearance, the impressions and emotions it arouses in those who use or own it.

Again, studying the concrete data of economic transactions, in order to trace the history of a valuable object, and to gauge the nature of its circulation, the principle of completeness and thoroughness would lead to construct tables of transactions, such as we find in the work of Professor Bronixlaw [10].


Malinowski’s method that he takes full account of the complexity of human nature. These tribes inhabit the easternmost end of the mainland of New Guinea and those islands, scattered in the form of the long-drawn archipelago, which continue in the same south-easternly trend as the mainland, as malijowski to bridge over the gap between New Guinea and the Solomons.

I — Study of linguistic data in magic to throw light on native ideas about the power of words.

The research which has been done on native races by men of academic training has proved beyond doubt and cavil that scientific, methodic inquiry can give us results far more abundant and of better quality than those of even the best amateur’s work. But not even in human mind or memory are these laws to be found definitely formulated.

III — The second stage: There is no doubt, from all points of sociological, or psychological analysis, and in any question of theory, the manner and type of behaviour observed in the performance of an act is argnauts the highest importance.