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Author: Author's name as listed in Library of Congress records
Spiro, Melford E.
Oedipus in the Trobriands
Published By: Original publisher
Chicago, Ill.: University of Chicago Press. 1982. xii, 200
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[by] Melford E. Spiro
HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.:
Human Relations Area Files, 1995. Computer File
Culture: Culture name from the Outline of World Cultures (OWC) with the alphanumberic OWC identifier in parenthesis.
Subjects: Document-level OCM identifiers given by the anthropology subject indexers at HRAF
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);
Abstract: Brief abstract written by HRAF anthropologists who have done the subject indexing for the document
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.
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Includes index.|Bibliography: p. 181-193 General
psychoanalytic discussions on the Oedipus complex, when not directly related to the
Trobrianders, has been indexed for Theoretical Orientation (121). Specific data on the
complex when directly related to the Trobriand people, has been indexed for Personality
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Evaluation: In this alphanumeric code, the first part designates the type of person writing the document, e.g. Ethnographer, Missionary, Archaeologist, Folklorist, Linguist, Indigene, and so on. The second part is a ranking done by HRAF anthropologists based on the strength of the source material on a scale of 1 to 5, as follows: 1 - poor; 2 - fair; 3 - good, useful data, but not uniformly excellent; 4 - excellent secondary data; 5 - excellent primary data
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Papua New Guinea
LCSH: Library of Congress Subject Headings
Trobriand Islanders/Oedipus complex/Ethnopsychology