Malinowski, Bronislaw, 1884-1942. Sex and repression in savage society

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Title: Sex and repression in savage society

Published By: London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner and Co. Inc., 1927. xvi, 285 p.

By line: [by] Bronislaw Malinowski

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

Culture: Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: Personality development (155);

Abstract: In this book Malinowski applies the psychoanalytic method to a non-European people, the Trobriand Islanders. Malinowski concludes that the Oedipus complex as found among the Europeans does not exist here. Rather, it is in a sense, split; the ambivalent love and hate felt toward the father by Europeans is here replaced by simple love for the father and dislike for the maternal uncle, while incestuous feelings toward the mother are replaced by incestuous feelings toward the sister. In elaborating this thesis, Malinowski presents data on childhood activities, sex and courtship, married life and family relationships, myth, magic, and sorcery.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: ol06-011

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Field Date: 1914-1920

Evaluation: Ethnologist-5

Analyst: Arthur Fields

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Trobriand Islanders


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