Spiro, Melford E.. Oedipus in the Trobriands

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Title: Oedipus in the Trobriands

Published By: Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press, 1982. xii, 200 p.

By line: [by] Melford E. Spiro

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

Culture: Trobriands (OL06)

Subjects: 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); Conception (842);

Abstract: 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 Number: 27

Document ID: ol06-027

Document Type: Monograph

Language: English

Note: 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.

Field Date: no date

Evaluation: Ethnologist-4

Analyst: John Beierle

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: Papua New Guinea

LCSH: Trobriand Islanders/Oedipus complex/Ethnopsychology

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