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Practical Anthropology

  • Bronislaw Malinowski

I am starting from the question: is there any specific task for the Institute so that it shall not duplicate the work of scientific societies or political and educational organizations already existing? The Institute stands in the first place for the practical application of scientific knowledge. It can reach on the one hand various Colonial interests in their practical activities, while at the same time it has at its disposal the knowledge of theoretically trained specialists.

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page 25 note 1 An enlightened anthropologist or statesman has to take count of European stupidity and prejudice quite as fully as of those of the African.

page 27 note 1 Cf. my Family among the Australian Aborigines 1913, and Sex and Repression in Savage Society 1927); also my articles s.v. Kinship and Marriage in the forthcoming issue of the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1929, as well as a book on Primitive Kinship, now in preparation.

page 28 note 1 Even in their study of the fully detribalized and yankified Indian, our United States colleagues persistently ignore the Indian as he is and study the Indian-as-he-must-have-been some century or two back.

page 30 note 1 Dual Mandate, p. 304.

page 30 note 2 It must, however, be noted that the work of the Committee was brought to an end by the outbreak of war in 1914.

page 33 note 1 Some useful preliminary work on primitive economics has been done, above all in Germany. The names of E. Hahn, H. Schurtz, K. Bücher, R. Thurnwald and Max Weber will occur at once to the anthropologist. Recently a book has been published in English under the title Primitive Economics by R. W. Firth, which fills an important gap, and it is hoped will start a more intensive interest in these problems. This book also contains an excellent bibliography. Cf. also my Argonauts of the Western Pacific, 1912, where a native system of exchange has been described, and articles: Primitive Economics (Economic Journal, 1921) and Labour and Primitive Economics (Nature, 1926).

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