A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term

A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term

by Bronislaw Malinowski
     
 


When it was first published (in 1967, posthumously), Bronislaw Malinowski's diary, covering the period of his fieldwork in 1914-1915 and 1917-1918 in New Guinea and the Trobriand Islands, set off a storm of controversy.

Many anthropologists felt that the publication of the diary—which Raymond Firth describes as "this revealing, egocentric, obsessional

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When it was first published (in 1967, posthumously), Bronislaw Malinowski's diary, covering the period of his fieldwork in 1914-1915 and 1917-1918 in New Guinea and the Trobriand Islands, set off a storm of controversy.

Many anthropologists felt that the publication of the diary—which Raymond Firth describes as "this revealing, egocentric, obsessional document"—was a profound disservice to the memory of one of the giant figures in the history of anthropology. Almost certainly never intended to be published, Malinowski's diary was intensely personal and brutally honest. He kept it, he said, "as a means of self-analysis." Reviews ranged from "it is to the discredit of all concerned that the diary has now been committed to print" to "fascinating reading."

Twenty years have passed, and Raymond Firth suggests that the book has moved over to a more central place in the literature of anthropological reflection. In 1967, Clifford Geertz felt that the "gross, tiresome" diary revealed Malinowski as "a crabbed, self-preoccupied, hypochondriacal narcissist, whose fellow-feeling for the people he lived with was limited in the extreme." But in 1988, Geertz referred to the diary as a "backstage masterpiece of anthropology, our The Double Helix." Similarly in 1987, James Clifford called it "a crucial document for the history of anthropology."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804717076
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1989
Edition description:
1
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introductionxi
Second Introduction 1988xxi
Notexxxiii
A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term
Part 11914-19151
Part 21917-1918101
An Index of Native Terms299
Illustrations
Facsimile pageii
Eastern New Guinea and Adjacent Islands
Mailu Island and Adjacent Coast of Papua26
The Kula District138
Trobriand Islands164

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