The term "participant observation" was coined by Bronislaw Malinowski
(1884-1942) during extensive work in the Trobriand Islands, where he embedded himself into native society, learning the language.
On the December 1917 evening when Bronislaw Malinowski
sang the words "kiss my ass" to a Wagner melody to chase way the dreaded Trobriand mulukwausi (translated as "flying witches" [Malinowski, 1922/1966, p.
An Analysis of the Sociological Theories of Bronislaw Malinowski
, Coral Gardens and Their Magic: A Study of the Methods of Tilling the Soil and of Agricultural Rites in the Trobriand Islands (New York, 1935).
BECAUSE HE DID NOT have time to read every new book in his field, the great Polish anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski
used a simple and efficient method of deciding which ones were worth his attention: Upon receiving a new book, he immediately checked the index to see if his name was cited, and how often.
The family is, as great sociologists such as Bronislaw Malinowski
in Sex and Repression in Savage Society (1927) have shown, "the starting point of all human organization" and "the cradle of nascent culture.
After Bronislaw Malinowski
, a general suspicion of 'privileged informants' reflected this systematic preference for the (methodical) observations of the ethnographer over the (interested) interpretations of indigenous authorities" (Predicament 31).
What is perhaps needed is an anthropological supplement to eighteenth-century thought, one for which a distinguished archive already exists, ranging from Bronislaw Malinowski
to Clifford Geertz.
Marooned by the pirates on a remote desert island, Indy is captured by savage headhunters, but before they can turn him into a shrunken head and cannibal stew, he is rescued by anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski
and makes a life-altering decision.