Malinowski, Bronislaw, 1884-1942. Crime and custom in savage society

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Title: Crime and custom in savage society

Published By: London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Company, 1926. xii, 132 p.

By line: [by] Bronislaw Malinowski

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 1995. Computer File

Culture: Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: 67*; 68*;

Abstract: In this book Malinowski argues that primitive law depends on practical considerations of reciprocity for its enforcement rather than on tradition or group pressure. Malinowski points out that even the most rigidly proscribed actions (incest, endogamy, etc.) have well established devices for circumvention that are accepted by the group as being part of the established order.

Document Number: 4

Document ID: ol06-004

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1914-1920

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Frank W. Moore

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Trobriand Islanders


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