THE material upon which Prof. Firth has based his study of primitive Polynesian economy in this book was gathered in the course of his expedition in 1929 to Tikopia, one of the islands of the British Solomons group in the Pacific. A valuable study of the social anthropology of the inhabitants of the island already stands to his credit in a substantial volume. He now turns to an investigation from another point of view—a point of view which is claimed, and justly claimed, to be new, namely, that of the system of values which determines preferences in the satisfaction of needs.
Primitive Polynesian Economy
By Raymond Firth. Pp. xii + 387 + 8 plates. (London: George Routledge and Sons, Ltd., 1939.) 15s. net.