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Bronislaw Malinowski, born and educated in Poland, helped to establish British social anthropology. His classic monographs on the Trobriand Islanders were published between 1922 and 1935, when he was professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. This collection of Malinowski's early writings establishes the intellectual background to his achievement, and shows how his considerable impact on twentieth-century thought is rooted in the late nineteenth-century philosophy of central Europe, especially the work of Ernst Mach and Friedrich Nietzsche, and in the ethnological theories of James Frazer.Read more
- Will be read by historians and philosophers of the social sciences
- All but one of the articles appearing here are published in English for the first time
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- Date Published: June 2006
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521026468
- length: 344 pages
- dimensions: 227 x 151 x 20 mm
- weight: 0.531kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
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Introduction: Malinowski's reading, writing, 1904–1914
Part I. Malinowski's writings, 1904–1914:
1. Observations on Friedrich Nietzche's The Birth of Tragedy (1904/5)
2. On the principle of the economy of thought (1906)
3. Religion and magic: The Golden Bough (1910)
4. Totemism and exogamy (1911–1913)
5. Tribal male associations in Australia (1912)
6. The economic aspects of the intichiuma ceremonies (1912)
7. The relation of primitive beliefs to the forms of social organization (1913)
8. A fundamental problem of religious sociology (1914)
9. Sociology of the family (1913–14)
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