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A Diary in the Strict Sense of the Term

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When it was first published (in 1967, posthumously), Bronislaw Malinowski's diary, covering the period of his fieldwork in 1914-1915 and 1917-1918 in New Guinea and the Trobriand Islands, set off a storm of controversy.

Many anthropologists felt that the publication of the diary—which Raymond Firth describes as "this revealing, egocentric, obsessional document"—was a profou
Paperback, 352 pages
Published May 1st 1989 by Stanford University Press (first published 1966)
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Although Bronislaw Malinowski was a famous anthropologist, don't expect to find out anything about anthropology from his diary. He hardly ever wrote about his work, focusing instead on his loves and lusts, books he read, and obsessing over his health. (He was a hypochondriac who regularly dosed himself with arsenic, the turn-of-the-century aspirin.) I think this book better teaches the reader about the opinions and way of thinking of the European man during that time.

Frankly, I couldn't stand Ma
Mar 15, 2011 Esme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Im Jahre 1967 löste die Veröffentlichung der Feldtagebücher des Ethnologen Bronislaw Malinowski einen Skandal innerhalb des Faches aus. Diese zeigten zum ersten Mal eine ganz inoffizielle und subjektive Sicht auf die Feldforschung.

In der frühen Phase der Ethnologie herrschte Arbeitsteilung: Missionare und Kolonialbeamte sammelten Informationen, Gelehrte verwendeten dieses Material zur Theorienbildung. Bronislaw Malinowski (1884 - 1942) hielt sich zum Zeitpunkt des Ausbruchs des 1. Weltkrieges in
Jul 24, 2015 Dragos rated it it was ok
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An interesting yet extremely dull look into the mind of one of the fathers of anthropology, complete with the nitty gritty and the worst excesses. Intended as a private diary this book launched outrage into the world of Anthropology once published, making one of the founding fathers look like a bitter, bigoted old man. You might think it worth reading just for that but no, not really. What it ends up as is not a highly polished memoir like Tristes Tropiques but a dull 19th century style day by d ...more
Brutally honest read. Time and again I was feeling I was a voyeurist, peeking into a keyhole. Nevertheless, I think it is a useful read for a beginning anthropologist - as you get to understand that even the great names (the founding fathers) were still human and had their own worries and problems during the course of fieldwork.
May 18, 2014 Sofia rated it it was ok
clear insight into the awful mind of malinowski. definitely usefull if you have to write a paper on the guy. thank god I'm done
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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.
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