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Sex and repression in savage society
|Statement||by Bronislaw Malinowski.|
|Series||International library of psychology, philosophy and scientific method|
|The Physical Object|
|Pagination||xiv, 285 p.|
|Number of Pages||285|
At first we perceive in them, naturally, their religious character: they are acts of piety towards the deceased, caused by fear or love or solicitude for the spirit of the departed. But to the mature scientific mind there can be no more thrills from the unexpected accident, no isolated sensation of a new, unrelated landscape in the exploration of reality. Perhaps there is no further need to argue that no man, however 'savage' or 'primitive' will instinctively act against his instincts, or unwittingly obey a rule which he feels inclined cunningly to evade or wilfully to defy; or that he will not spontaneously act in a manner contrary to all his appetites and inclinations. But the social constraint, the regard for the effective rights and claims of others is always prominent in the mind of the natives as well as in their behaviour, once this is well understood.
Nor is this obligation without reciprocity. Science in the long run builds up a Universe well-regulated, founded on generally valid laws, driven by definite all-pervading forces, ordered according to a few fundamental principles. On the other side of the divide, there was also little known at the time about human evolution. So that with the assumption of an automatic obedience to all custom, anthropology has to give up any attempt at introducing into the facts order and classification, which is the first task of science. In all fairness, however, it must be stressed that any shortcomings in theory or observation are due to the real difficulties and pitfalls of which this subject is so full.
This binds people by an appeal to their vanity and self-regard, to their love of self-enhancement by display. It is her duty towards the surviving members of her husband's clan, accordingly, to display her grief, to keep a long period of mourning and to carry the jaw-bone of her husband for some years after his death. He has his post in the canoe, he has his task to perform, and enjoys tie corresponding title, either of 'master' or 'steersnan', or 'keeper of the nets', or 'watcher for fish'. Esprit de corps, solidarity, pride in one's community and clan exist undoubtedly among the Melanesians — no social order could be maintained without them in any culture high or low. We can see also that civil law, consisting of positive ordinances, is much more developed than the body of mere prohibitions, and that a study of purely criminal law among savages misses the most important phenomena of their legal life.
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There is no civil law or its equivalent in savage societies. Science in the long run builds up a Universe well-regulated, founded on generally valid laws, driven by definite all-pervading forces, ordered according to a few fundamental principles. The description of the Trobriand family is the most interesting part of the book.
My ideas about Sex and repression in savage society book law were not mature at that time, and the facts are presented there without any reference to the present argument — their testimony only the more telling because of that.
As a rule we should find a number of people from some inland community waiting on the shore. His views are fully endorsed by the great French sociologists Durkheim and Mauss, who add besides one more clause: that responsibility, revenge, in fact all legal reactions are founded in the psychology of the group and not of the individual.
But even they are not exclusively legal. To an observer who does not grasp all the details, and does not follow all the intricacies of each transaction, such a state of affairs looks very much like communism: the canoe appears to be owned jointly by a group and used indiscriminately by the whole community.
Rivers on Social Organization the problem of primitive law is discussed only incidentally, and, as we shall see, it is rather banished from primitive sociology than included in it by the author's brief reference. The gifts of food in the system of exchange described above must be offered according to strict formalities, in specially made measures of wood, carried and presented in a prescribed manner, in a ceremonial procession and with a blast of conch-shells.
They do not form this amorphous mass of tribal usage or 'cake of custom' of which we have been hearing so much.
But that his observance of the Sex and repression in savage society book of law under the normal conditions, when it is followed and not defied, is at best partial, conditional, and subject to evasions; that it is not enforced by any wholesale motive like fear of punishment, or a general submission to all tradition, but by very complex psychological and social inducements — all this is a state of affairs which modern anthropology has so far completely overlooked.
As a matter of fact the dogma of automatic obedience, i. Sometimes it seems, however, only to harden the litigants. The ceremonial manner in which most transactions are carried out, which entails public control and criticism, adds still more to their binding force.
Lowie, and Mr. Thus, though in my survey attention has naturally been mainly focussed on the legal machinery, I was not intent on proving that all social rules are legal, but on the contrary, I wanted to show that the rules of law form but one well-defined category within the body of custom.
Anyone who knows how extremely difficult, if not impossible, it is to organize a body of Melanesians for even a short and amusing pursuit requiring concerted action, and how well and readily they set to work in their customary enterprises, will realize the function and the need of compulsion, due to the native's conviction that another man has a claim on his work.
It should also be kept in mind that to the natives mourning is but a link in the lifelong chain of reciprocities between husband and wife and between their respective families.
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Sex and repression in savage society book — and here lies the paradox of scientific passion — systematic study takes up the miraculous only to transform it into the natural. So long as it could be maintained that the 'savage' is really savage, that he follows what little law he has but fitfully and loosely, the problem did not exist.
In an abstract and complex subject such as primitive law, amateur observations are on the whole useless. In Part 1 The Formation of a Complexhe lays out the issues related to childhood sexuality through puberty and maternal roles. Thus, the ownership of a Trobriand fishing canoe is defined by the manner in which the object is made, used and regarded by the group of men who produced it and enjoy its possession.
Rivers and his school suffers badly from the defect of looking for recondite causes instead of analysing the phenomenon itself. We shall see that by an inductive examination of facts, carried out without any preconceived idea or ready-made definition, we shall be enabled to arrive at a satisfactory classification of the norms and rules of a primitive community, at a clear distinction of primitive law from other forms of custom, and Sex and repression in savage society book a new, dynamic conception of the social organization of savages.
As a rule, two communities rely upon each other in other forms of trading and other mutual services as well. In the study of primitive law we can perceive this sound tendency in the gradual but definite recognition that savagery is not ruled by moods, passions, and accidents, but by tradition and order.
This work, however, was heavily handicapped. A dual organization may appear clearly in the division of a tribe into two 'moieties' or be almost completely obliterated — but I venture to foretell that wherever careful inquiry be made, symmetry of structure will be found in every savage society, as the indispensable basis of reciprocal obligations.
Malinowski's Sex and Repression in Savage Society review. All these men, who as a rule belong to the same sub-clan, are bound to each other and to their fellow-villagers by mutual obligations; when the whole community go out fishing, the owner cannot refuse his canoe.Sep 02, · This new type of ethnographic study was to have a huge impact on the emerging discipline of anthropology.
In Sex and Repression in Savage Society Malinowski applied his experiences on the Trobriand Islands to the study of sexuality, and the attendant issues of eroticism, obscenity, incest, oppression, power and parenthood.
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