„Ethnology is in the sadly ludicrous, not to say tragic, position, that at the very moment when it begins to put its workshop in order, to forge its proper tools, to start ready for work on its appointed task, the material of its study melts away with hopeless rapidity. Just now, when the methods and aims of scientific field ethnology have taken shape, when men fully trained fow the work have begun to travel into savage countries and study their inhabitants - these die away under our very eyes.“

Bronislaw Malinowski, Argonauts of the Western Pacific. London 1922.