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Sex and Repression in Savage Society
     

Sex and Repression in Savage Society

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by Bronislaw Malinowski
 

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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

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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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134522026
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/02/2003
Series:
Routledge Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,254,404
File size:
1 MB

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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