Over the seven decades since Malinowski first studied the Trobriand
Islanders, researchers across disciplines have challenged the assumedly stable underpinnings and methods by which they understand and conceptualize the entire research endeavor and, more important, who is engaged in that endeavor.
Certainly one cannot immediately transplant the Kula found by Bronislaw Malinowski in the Trobriand
Islands(10) to contemporary business, however, one can learn from the institutional functions served by Trobriand
practices and apply them to our contemporary situations.
Crime and Custom in Savage Society, Bronislaw Malinowski's seminal work of legal anthropology, published in 1926, describes the early twentieth century legal culture of the Trobriand
Islands in Melanesia.
Thus, even in simple chiefdoms such as the Trobriand
Islands, the defining characteristic was the ability of the chief to reallocate property rights over gardens among his followers (Johnson and Earle 1987, 209).
Gift giving in Trobriand
clan sociality, depicted in "Neighbors lend helping hands," illustrates how group photographs tend to portray a determined, coordinated, forward-looking Other (Theroux and Essick 1992:126).
No thesps stand out in the middling ensemble job, the sexual politics are old had, and even pretty pictures of the Trobriand
Islands aren't memorable.
The appeal of such films is anthropological, among other things, since they tell of a world of manners in the last century, or early in this, hardly less remote than that of the Trobriand
Otro ejemplo muy esclarecedor: los habitantes de las islas Trobriand
(Pacifico meridional) viven organizados en clanes matrilineales.
4) Brontislaw Malinowski tells how the mythic narratives that the Trobriand
Islanders call lili'u exercise "an active influence on their conduct and tribal life,"(5) and Plato, according to Eric A.
Another textual element of the composition serves the same purpose: The choir sings exclamations in the language of the Trobriand
Islands in New Guinea.
Bronislaw Malinowski vividly illustrated these societies in his early twentieth-century field studies of life among the Trobriand
Even Malinowski [1954, 28-29; 1925], who convincingly portrayed Trobriand
Islander magic as a rational response to risk and uncertainty, refused to view Western religion in a similar light (Evans-Prichard ).