Bronislaw Malinowski

Bronislaw Malinowski (brŏnē´slŏf mălĬnŏf´skē), 1884–1942, English anthropologist, b. Poland, Ph.D. Univ. of Kraków, 1908. Working in the field of cultural anthropology, he gained renown through his studies (1914–18) of the indigenous peoples of the Trobriand Islands off New Guinea. He began teaching at the Univ. of London in 1924, becoming a professor in 1927. Malinowski traveled and did research in Africa, Latin America, and the United States. His research techniques and insistence on the study of different cultures in terms of their particular internal dynamics caused him to be regarded as the founder of "functionalism" in social anthropology. In 1939, Malinowski became a visiting professor at Yale. Among his writings are Argonauts of the Western Pacific (1922), Crime and Custom in Savage Society (1926, 4th ed. 1947), and The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia (1929, 3d ed. 1948). Posthumous works include the volumes of essays The Dynamics of Culture Change (1945; ed. by P. M. Kaberry) and Magic, Science and Religion (1948; introd. by Robert Redfield).

See studies by M. Gluckman (1949 and 1963), R. Firth (1957, repr. 1964), J. P. S. Uberoi (1971), and R. Ellen et al., ed. (1989).

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Man and Culture: An Evaluation of the Work of Bronislaw Malinowski
Raymond Firth.
Humanities Press, 1957
Crime and Custom in Savage Society
Bronislaw D.Malinowski.
Littlefield, Adams, 1959
Magic, Science and Religion: And Other Essays
Bronislaw Malinowski.
Doubleday Anchor Books, 1954
Argonauts of the Western Pacific: An Account of Native Enterprise and Adventure in the Archipelagoes of Melanisian New Guinea
Bronislaw Malinowski.
E.P. Dutton, 1961
Order and Rebellion in Tribal Africa: Collected Essays, with An Autobiographical Introd
Max Gluckman.
Free Press of Glencoe, 1963
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Eight "Malinowski's 'Functional' Analysis of Social Change", Chap. Nine "Malinowski's Contribution to Social Anthropology," and Chap. Ten "Malinowski-Fieldworker and Theorist"
Fieldwork and Footnotes: Studies in the History of European Anthropology
Han F. Vermeulen; Arturo Alvarez Roldán.
Routledge, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 8 "Malinowski and the Origins of the Ethnographic Method"
Ethnographic Methods
Karen O'Reilly.
Routledge, 2005
Librarian’s tip: "Malinowski's Methodology" begins on p. 8
History and Theory in Anthropology
Alan Barnard.
Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "The Functionalism of Malinowski" begins on p. 65
Fieldnotes: The Makings of Anthropology
Roger Sanjek.
Cornell University Press, 1990
Librarian’s tip: "Bronislaw Malinowski" begins on p. 207
Embodied Progress: A Cultural Account of Assisted Conception
Sarah Franklin.
Routledge, 1997
Librarian’s tip: "Malinowski: Pure Biology vs. Total Culture" begins on p. 30
They Studied Man
Abram Kardiner; Edward Preble.
World Publishing, 1961
Librarian’s tip: "Bronislaw Malinowski: The Man of Songs" begins on p. 160
Illegitimacy and Social Structures: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Nonmarital Birth
Lewellyn Hendrix.
Bergin & Garvey, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Malinowski and the Principle of Legitimacy" begins on p. 22
The Routledge Dictionary of Anthropologists
Gérald Gaillard.
Routledge, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "Malinowski, Bronislaw Kaspar (1884-1942)" begins on p. 137
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