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Southern Anthropology - A History of Fison and Howitt's Kamilaroi and Kurnai (Hardcover) (Helen Gardner
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From far-flung sites in Australia and the Pacific Islands, Lorimer Fison and A. W. Howitt produced the landmark study,Kamilaroi and Kurnai (1880). Their book revealed the complexity of Aboriginal and Pacific Island societies and changed the course of anthropology in the early years of the discipline. Using archival sources and an innovative approach,Southern Anthropology explores the research, writing and reception of Kamilaroi and Kurnai. Historical chapters track Fison and Howitt's collection and analysis of anthropological material in the context of raging debates about the evolution of humans. This narrative is interspersed with an introduction to the kinship and social organisation of Aboriginal and Pacific Island people that highlight the enduring value of Fison and Howitt's methods and the resurgence of their questions in contemporary anthropology. Southern Anthropology is designed to be read across disciplinary boundaries.
Southern Anthropology, the history of Fison and Howitt's Kamilaroi and Kurnai argues that Kamilaroi and Kurnai (1880) is a landmark text in the history of the discipline. Using extensive unpublished material explored from a historical and anthropological perspective, Southern Anthropology explores Fison and Howitt's early work on kinship and social organization in Oceania. The book is focused particularly on their use of Lewis Henry Morgan's kinship schedule which they modified through the 1870s. Working through mediators throughout the Australian continent and the Pacific Islands, Fison and Howitt explored whether the peoples of the region could be plotted to the evolutionist schemas of the northern theorists. Their findings were a challenge to the method, analysis and theories of the anthropology of the 1870s and their work remains significant to contemporary anthropology.
Number of Pages: 329
Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Pacific History
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Helen Gardner & Patrick Mcconvell
Street Date: September 14, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 247-51-8707