The people of Dobu were the subject of a seminal anthropological study by Reo Fortune. He described the Dobuan character as "paranoid", obsessed with black magic, and as having extremely unusual attitudes toward sex and violence.
Fortune's analysis was significantly challenged by Susanne Kuehling in her 2005 title Dobu: Ethics of Exchange on a Massim Island, Papua New Guinea. In particular, Kuehling's interest lies at the intersection of ethics and personal conduct.
- Ann Chowning, review of Fortune's Sorcerers of Dobu, American Anthropologist, New Series, Vol. 66, No. 2 (Apr., 1964), pp. 455-457
- Benedict, Ruth (1934). Patterns of Culture. New York: Houghton Mifflin.
- Fortune, Reo (1932, repr. 1963). Sorcerers of Dobu: the social anthropology of the Dobu Islanders of the Western Pacific. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
- Kuehling, Susanne (2005). Dobu: Ethics of Exchange on a Massim Island, Papua New Guinea. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.
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- George Brown, Melanesians and Polynesians, their life-histories described and compared, Published 1910 by Macmillan and co. Ltd., London - Open Library
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