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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 profound disservice to the memory of one of the giant figures in the history of anthropology. Almost certainly never intended to be published, Malinowski's diary was intensely personal and brutally honest. He kept it, he said, "as a means of self-analysis." Reviews ranged from "it is to the discredit of all concerned that the diary has now been committed to print" to "fascinating reading."

Twenty years have passed, and Raymond Firth suggests that the book has moved over to a more central place in the literature of anthropological reflection. In 1967, Clifford Geertz felt that the "gross, tiresome" diary revealed Malinowski as "a crabbed, self-preoccupied, hypochondriacal narcissist, whose fellow-feeling for the people he lived with was limited in the extreme." But in 1988, Geertz referred to the diary as a "backstage masterpiece of anthropology, our The Double Helix." Similarly in 1987, James Clifford called it "a crucial document for the history of anthropology."

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Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942) was one of the most celebrated and influential of early twentieth-century anthropologists.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804717076
Preface:
Malinowska, Valetta
Introduction:
Firth, Raymond William
Preface by:
Malinowska, Valetta
Preface:
Malinowska, Valetta
Introduction by:
Firth, Raymond William
Introduction:
Firth, Raymond William
Author:
Malinowski, Bronislaw
Author:
Firth, Raymond
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Location:
Stanford, Calif. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Anthropology
Subject:
Diaries
Subject:
Sociologists
Subject:
Anthropologists
Subject:
Trobriand Islands (Papua New Guinea)
Subject:
Trobriand Islands (Papua New Guinea) Social life and customs.
Subject:
Mailu (Papua New Guinea people) -- Social life and customs.
Subject:
Trobriand Islands
Subject:
Mailu
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Sociologists
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Series Volume:
no. 165.
Publication Date:
19890531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 1 in

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