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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Malinowski, Bronislaw, 1884-1942
The sexual life of savages in northwestern Melanesia: Vol. 1 and 2
Published By: Original publisher
New York: Horace Liveright. 1929. 2 vols. (xxviii, 1-278; ix, 281-603 p., plates ill.)
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[by] Bronislaw Malinowski ; preface by Havelock Ellis
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 2019. Computer File
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Malinowski treats the subject of sexuality extensively from the sex play of childhood to mortuary rites, and from personal love intrigues to the web of social relations exemplified by familial and community ties. Throughout the book, Malinowski stresses the resulting tension and efforts at accommodation of individuals whose natural inclinations are constricted by the prevailing rules and taboos of a matrilineal society. The loosening of tribal code under the impact of Western missionary and governmental influences is also suggested.
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Papua New Guinea
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