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Overview

During the First World War the pioneer anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski found himself stranded on the Trobriand Islands, off the eastern coast of New Guinea. By living among the people he studied there, speaking their language and participating in their activities, he invented what became known as 'participant-observation'. This new type of ethnographic study was to have a huge impact on the emerging discipline of anthropology. In Sex and Repression in Savage Society Malinowski applied his experiences on the Trobriand Islands to the study of sexuality, and the attendant issues of eroticism, obscenity, incest, oppression, power and parenthood. In so doing, he both utilized and challenged the psychoanalytical methods being popularized at the time in Europe by Freud and others. The result is a unique and brilliant book that, though revolutionary when first published, has since become a standard work on the psychology of sex.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
'No writer of our times has done more than Bronislaw Malinowski to bring together in single comprehension the warm reality of human living and the cool abstractions of science.' - Robert Redfield
Times Literary Supplement
The present essay attempts to put Freud's theories to the test by examining them in the light of the mental habits of the harmless Trobrianders ... Some four years' contact with Melanesians, backed by the power to converse with them freely, gives Malinowski the best right to be heard as a reporter of facts which, it must be admitted, would escape nine trained observers out of every ten.
Saturday Review
This work is a most important contribution to anthropology and psychology, and it will be long before our textbooks are brought up to the standard which is henceforth indispensable.
From the Publisher
'No writer of our times has done more than Bronislaw Malinowski to bring together in single comprehension the warm reality of human living and the cool abstractions of science.' - Robert Redfield
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415255547
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/29/2001
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942) was a founder of modern social anthropology. He held the first chair in social anthropology at the London School of Economics from 1927. In 1938 he moved to the United States, where he taught at Yale and conducted field research in Mexico.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I The Formation of a Complex
1 The Problem 3
2 The Family in Father-right and Mother-right 8
3 The First State of the Family Drama 16
4 Fatherhood in Mother-right 22
5 Infantile Sexuality 28
6 Apprenticeship to Life 34
7 The Sexuality of Later Childhood 40
8 Puberty 48
9 The Complex of Mother-right 59
Pt. II The Mirror of Tradition
1 Complex and Myth in Mother-right 69
2 Disease and Perversion 71
3 Dreams and Deeds 76
4 Obscenity and Myth 85
Pt. III Psycho-analysis and Anthropology
1 The Rift Between Psycho-analysis and Social Science 109
2 A 'Repressed Complex' 114
3 'The Primordial Cause of Culture' 118
4 The Consequences of the Parricide 123
5 The Original Parricide Analysed 127
6 Complex or Sentiment? 137
Pt. IV Instinct and Culture
1 The Transition from Nature to Culture 143
2 The Family as the Cradle of Nascent Culture 147
3 Rut and Mating in Animal and Man 154
4 Marital Relations 160
5 Parental Love 165
6 The Persistence of Family Ties in Man 173
7 The Plasticity of Human Instincts 178
8 From Instinct to Sentiment 181
9 Motherhood and the Temptations of Incest 191
10 Authority and Repression 199
11 Father-right and Mother-right 206
12 Culture and the 'Complex' 214
Index 219
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