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Bronislaw Malinowski

Born: Apr 7, 1884

Death: May 16, 1942

Birthplace: KrakA³w

Nationality: United Kingdom

Bronislaw Malinowski

Date of Birth : Apr 7, 1884
Date of Death : May 16, 1942
Birth Place : KrakA³w

Bronislaw Kasper Malinowski /'br?n??sw??f 'k?sp?r ?m?l?'n?fski/ was a Polish anthropologist, one of the most important 20th-century anthropologists. He has also been referred to as a sociologist and ethnographer. From 1910, Malinowski studied exchange and economics at the London School of Economics under Seligman and Westermarck, analysing patterns of exchange in Aboriginal Australia through ethnographic documents. In 1914 he was given a chance to travel to New Guinea accompanying anthropologist R.R. Marett, but as World War I broke out and Malinowski was an Austrian subject, and thereby an enemy of the British commonwealth, he was unable to travel back to England. The Australian government nonetheless provided him with permission and funds to undertake ethnographic work within their territories and Malinowski chose to go to the Trobriand Islands, in Melanesia where he stayed for several years, studying the indigenous culture. Upon his return to England after the war he published his main work Argonauts of the Western Pacific which established him as one of the most important anthropologists in Europe of that time.

Also known as

  • Bronislaw Malinowski
  • B. Malinowski
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