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Unformatted text preview: to whom the method we call “participant observation” is most often attributed. Malinowski undertook his fieldwork using a theoretical perspective called “functionalism.” He believed that the function of culture (including its beliefs and behaviors) was to satisfy the psychological, social, and biological needs of individuals. Check out the OPTIONAL film about the Trobriand Islanders (read the description for instructions on finding the segment specifically about the Trobriands and Kula trade). Also, in Week 5 one of the films you will be able to choose from is “Kula Ring of Power,” which is a great contemporary film about Kula trade and how Trobriand people are having to alter their traditional practices to accommodate modern life....
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- Spring '07
- Papua New Guinea, Trobriand Islands, Bronisław Malinowski, trobriand islanders, Milne Bay Province, Kula trade