To Malinowski, the feelings of people and their motives were crucial knowledge to understand the way their society functioned: Not even the most intelligent native has any clear idea of the Kula as a big, organised social construction, still less of its sociological function and implications All are dummies dressed up to look very like human beings; but the likeness is only on the surface, all within is hollow and empty, because truth to nature has been sacrificed to literary effect.
Career[ edit ] Inhe travelled to Papua in what would later become Papua New Guineawhere he conducted fieldwork at Mailu Island and then, more famously, in the Trobriand Islands. Robert Mond I tender my sincerest thanks. As a child he was frail, often suffering from ill health, yet he excelled academically.
Using the kula as a focal point, the book discusses canoe-making and navigation, more purely economic trade, magic, mythology, and social organization in the region, particularly in the Trobriand Islands. The apostrophe placed between two vowels indicates that they should be pronounced separately and not merged into a diphthong.
It is equally absurd to neglect the beneficent application of magic and to single out its maleficent use as the characteristic property by which to define it. This account has been culled, as a preliminary monograph, from Ethnographic material, covering the whole extent of the tribal culture of one district.
He is adamannt only on the idea that the Kula expeditions can not be considered commerical or any way driven by economics.
Rigged out in cast-off garments of Mr. I did my work entirely alone, living for the greater part of the time right in the villages. These he hopes and intends to publish hereafter in full; meantime he has given us in the present volume a preliminary study of an interesting and peculiar feature in Trobriand society, the remarkable system of exchange, only in part economic or commercial, which the islanders maintain among themselves and with the inhabitants of neighbouring islands.
Seligman and Edvard Westermarck. From the patient observation which he has devoted to a single institution, and from the wealth of details with which he has illustrated it, we may judge of the extent and value of the larger work which he has in preparation.
It would be absurd, for example, to stigmatise pharmacy as antisocial, because a knowledge of the properties of drugs is often employed to destroy men as well as to heal them.
The student who is interested, not only in the narrative, but in the ethnographic background for it, and a clear definition of the institution, will find the first in Chapters I and II, and the latter in Chapter III.
Hancock, of Gusaweta, Trobriand Islands, allowed me to use his house and store as base for my gear and provisions; he lent me his cutter on various occasions and provided me with a home, where I could always repair in need or sickness.
Paul Khuner, of Vienna, an expert in the practical affairs of modern industry and a highly competent thinker on economic matters. An Account of Native Enterprise and Adventure in the Archipelagoes of Melanesian New Guinea  pages An account largely of the "Kula Ring", a complex and apparently non-utilitarian system of exchanges of shell armlets and necklaces among the islands of Melanesia, this book is a classic of ethnological literature.
Acknowledgements 22 It is in the nature of the research, that an Ethnographer has to rely upon the assistance of others to an extent much greater than is the case with other scientific workers. Of his theoretical training he had given proof in his learned and thoughtful treatise on the family among the aborigines of Australia  ; of his practical experience he had produced no less satisfactory evidence in his account of the natives of Mailu in New Guinea based on a residence of six months among them.
The goods never become the property of any community. It is to his generous endowment that I owe the possibility of carrying on for several years the research of which the present volume is a partial result. The Temple, London, 7th March, Malinowski likewise influenced the course of African history, serving as an academic mentor to Jomo Kenyattathe father and first president of modern-day Kenya.
Anthropology appears to me to be like history in that the more rigorous and thorough is the research, the more tentative are the conclusions. The integration of all the details observed, the achievement of a sociological synthesis of all the various, relevant symptoms, is the task of the Ethnographer The whole exercise was both absurd and dangerous.
La Touche Armstrong, my friend Mr. Be that as it may, Dr. Hancock, pearl trader, to whom I am grateful not only for assistance and services, but for many acts of friendship.
One does not read the Argonauts for the exciting conjecture. Some transactions of a commercial hile some true commercial transactions do occur, they are trivial relative to the cost and danger of conducting the expedition.
Malinowski notes that magic spells are recited daily at multiple points fromt every stage from the selection of the trees to be made into canoes, through the construction, launching, sailing and visits.
Mick George, all of whom helped me in various ways and extended to me their kind hospitality.Bronislaw Malinowski’s pathbreaking Argonauts of the Western Pacific is at once a detailed account of exchange in the Melanesian islands and a manifesto of a modernist anthropology.
Malinowski argued that the goal of which the ethnographer should never lose sight is ‘to grasp the native’s point of view, his relation to life, to realise his vision /5(9).
Argonauts of the Western Pacific, a summary statement of "the meaning of the kula" Development. Argonauts of the Western Pacific developed from anthropological research which Bronislaw Malinowski described as "off the verandah".
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