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Crime and Custom in Savage Society
Bronislaw Malinowski achieved international recognition as the founder of "functionalism" in social anthropology, based on his studies of Melanesian society on the Trobriand Islands off New Guinea. His Crime and Custom in Savage Society is now one of the classic works of modern anthropology. In his book, Malinowski describes and analyzes the ways in which Trobriand Islande...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published February 15th 1989 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
(first published December 19th 1984)
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Malinowski tries to understand the psychological trends in Trobriand communities that makes law and order work without the State apparatus. Sometimes the reader may find that all things fit in the scheme, perhaps because this volume is too short (about a hundred pages) if compared with other ethnological works.
Bronisław Kasper Malinowski (IPA: [ˌmaliˈnɔfski]; April 7, 1884 – May 16, 1942) was a Polish anthropologist widely considered to be one of the most important anthropologists of the twentieth century because of his pioneering work on ethnographic fieldwork, with which he also gave a major contribution to the study of Melanesia, and the study of reciprocity.More about Bronisław Malinowski...