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Bronislaw Malinowski (1884--1942) was one of the most colorful and charismatic social scientists of the twentieth century. His contributions as a founding father of social anthropology and his complex personality earned him international notoriety and near-mythical status. This landmark book presents a vivid portrait of Malinowski's early life, from his birth in Cracow to his departure in 1920 from the Trobriand Islands of the South Pacific. At the age of 36, he had already created the innovative fieldwork methods and techniques that would secure his intellectual legacy. Drawing on an exceptionally rich array of primary documents, including Malinowski's letters and unpublished diaries and manuscripts, Michael Young provides significant new information about the anthropologist's personality, private life, and career. The author describes Malinowski's restless life of travel, connections with intellectuals and artists, Nietzschean belief in his own destiny, and legendary fieldwork. The singular man who emerges from these pages fascinates on every level--as a volatile friend and lover, a provocative colleague, a passionate diarist, and a brilliant thinker who pioneered radical change in the field of anthropology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300102949
ISBN-10: 0300102941
Format: Hardback
(239mm x 169mm x 50mm)
Pages: 720
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 7-May-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Michael W. Young

Michael W. Young is a visiting fellow in the Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University, Canberra.

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