Spiro, Melford E.
Oedipus in the Trobriands
Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 1982. xii, 200 p.
[by] Melford E. Spiro
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
HRAF, 1995. Computer File
Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121);
Adjustment processes (154);
Personality development (155);
Reviews and critiques (114);
Family relationships (593);
Avuncular and nepotic relatives (604);
Kinship regulation of sex (835);
In this work, Spiro reanalyses Malinowski's interpretation of the Oedipus complex in the Trobriands (see 11: Malinowski) and argues '...that if the existence of the Oedipus complex is culturally variable, the Trobriands, at least, do not constitute evidence for such a thesis' (p. x). Chapters 1 and 2 examine Malinowski's interpretation. Chapters 3-5 present the Spiro's arguments for believing that the Oedipus complex does exist in the Trobriands. The final chapter of this work (chapter 6), discusses implications of the Trobriand findings, particularly in reference to the long controversies on the universality of the Oedipus complex.
Document ID: ol06-027
Includes index.|Bibliography: p. 181-193
General psychoanalytic discussions on the Oedipus complex, when not directly related to the Trobrianders, has been indexed for category 121. Specific data on the complex when directly related to the Trobriand people, has been indexeded for category 155.
Papua New Guinea
Trobriand Islanders/Oedipus complex/Ethnopsychology