hardcore iv wrote:soniczip wrote:bronisław malinowski - argonauts of the western pacific (1922)
fascinating! a classic of anthropological literature, it describes "kula" exchanges between populations of the trobriand islands (now known as the kiriwina islands) and other archipelagos east of papua new guinea (milne bay province). the kula exchanges are particular because they involve two products which have no use value but, nonetheless, catalyse the entire life of the populations involved. argonauts is also the first "modern" anthropological work, in that it thoroughly combines practical and theoretical research in one person.
Nice. I never read the whole book but was very familiar with it. I would suggest reading, "A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term", which was released after Malinowski's death. I studied it and Levi-Strauss', "Tristes Tropiques", in my final year of uni. They both give great insight into what made these guys tick.
most definitely! as soon as i read about it, i decided i wanted to read the the posthumous diary too. also tristes tropiques is in my list actually; but i first need to complete another set of books for my exams.