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Bronislaw Malinowski

For the Olympic champion athlete see Bronislaw Malinowski (athlete).
The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. The correct title is Bronisław Malinowski.

Bronisław Kasper Malinowski (April 7, 1884May 16, 1942) was a Polish anthropologist. Malinowski was born in Kraków, Poland. He originated the school of social anthropology known as functionalism, holding the belief that all components of society interlock to form a well-balanced system. In contrast with other contemporary functionalists like Radcliffe-Brown, Malinowski argued that culture functioned to meet the needs of individuals, not the culture as a whole.

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  • The Trobriand Islands (1915)
  • Argonauts of the Western Pacific (1922)
  • The Scientific Theory of Culture (1922)
  • The Sexual Life of Savages in North-Western Melanesia (1929)
  • Coral Gardens and Their Magic: A Study of the Methods of Tilling the Soil and of Agricultural Rites in the Trobriand Islands (1935)
  • Magic, Science, and Religion (1948)
  • The Dynamics of Culture Change (1961)