Sorcerers of Dobu: The social Anthropology of the Dobu Islanders of the Western Pacific

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Author: Fortune, Reo Franklin (1903-1979)

Year: 1932

Publisher: George Routledge & Sons Ltd

Place: London


xxviii+218 pages with frontispiece, plates, figures, charts, appendices and index. Royal octavo (9 1/2" x 6 1/4") bound in original publisher's orange cloth with black lettering to spine in original jacket. Introduction by B Malinowski. First edition.

Ever since its first publication in 1932, Sorcerers of Dobu has been recognized as one of the great triumphs of anthropological research and interpretation in the field of ethnography. A rich source of information on primitive psychology, the book presents sociological analysis of the complex tribal organization of the Dobuans.

Reo Franklin Fortune was a New Zealand-born social anthropologist. Originally trained as a psychologist, Fortune was a student of the major theorists of British and American social anthropology including Alfred Cort Haddon, Bronislaw Malinowski and Alfred Radcliffe-Brown. He lived an international life, holding various academic and government positions in China (Lingnan University; 1937–39), the United States (Toledo; 1940–41), Canada (Toronto; 1941–43), Burma (government anthropologist; 1946–47), and finally, in the United Kingdom as lecturer in social anthropology at Cambridge University from 1947 to 1971, as a specialist in Melanesian language and culture. They divorced in 1936. He was first married to Margaret Mead in 1928, with whom he undertook field studies in New Guinea from 1931 to 1933. Fortune provided significant insights into the consequences of matrilateral and patrilateral cross-cousin marriage in advance of work by Claude Levi-Strauss. He is also known for his contribution to mathematics with his study of Fortunate numbers in number theory. (Wikipedia).


Spine extremities and edges soiled, previous owner's name on front paste down, text underlined with marginalia, soiled. Jacket corners chipped, spine extremities 1/2" to 1/4" chips, 1" chip along front head hinge, spine toned else about very good in like jacket.

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