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Australian Aboriginal Kinship : An introductory handbook with particular emphasis on the Western Desert

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ISBN: 9782956398110 DOI: 10.4000/books.pacific.556 Language: English
Publisher: pacific-credo Publications
Subject: Social Sciences
Added to DOAB on : 2019-12-06 13:15:40
License: OpenEdition Licence for Books

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Since the very early years of anthropology, Australian Aboriginal kinship has fascinated researchers in the field as well as theorists. Its complexity is considerable and, as some have remarked, its mechanical and logical beauty is astonishing. This complexity has however discouraged many scholars, students and people working in Aboriginal communities from actively and intellectually engaging with indigenous ways of conceiving and producing relationships based on kinship, despite the fact that it is a domain deeply embedded in everyday life and interaction. This handbook attempts to bring the principles of kinship in general, and Australian Aboriginal kinship in particular, closer to the reader in an understandable and pedagogic way. Aimed at Aboriginal people themselves, students in the social sciences and humanities or, in fact, any other person eager to learn more about Aboriginal Australia, while also discussing some issues of interest to even accomplished anthropologists, the book is divided into four general parts each tackling specific questions. Part 1 deals with the historical and ethnographic background against which the discussions on kinship are framed in later sections. Important concepts in anthropology such as 'culture' or 'hunter-gatherer societies' are looked at. Part 2 develops the basic tools and concepts needed to understand kinship. It discusses its main domains, such as terminology, marriage, descent and filiation. Part 3 applies the material considered up to this point to actual ethnographic examples from the Australian Western Desert and elaborates on other important concepts such as 'family', 'household' and 'domestic group'. Part 4 explains social organisation and, in particular, generational moieties, patri- and matrimoieties, sections and subsections, all of which are central to Aboriginal peoples' ways of interacting. Finally, the concluding chapter discusses in a more critical fashion the concept of kinship itself ad elaborates on the idea of relatedness as a meaningful expansion of formal kinship studies.

Les sciences humaines et sociales dans le Pacifique Sud : Terrains, questions et méthodes

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ISBN: 9782956398134 DOI: 10.4000/books.pacific.454 Language: French
Publisher: pacific-credo Publications
Subject: Social Sciences
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License: OpenEdition Licence for Books

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Les sciences humaines et sociales dans le Pacifique Sud : Terrains, questions et méthodes est une introduction générale à l'étude des sociétés océaniennes et un état des lieux des recherches les plus avancées dans plusieurs disciplines, anthropologie, archéologie, linguistique, sciences de l'éducation, études des performances et sciences de l'environnement, où les recherches françaises sont très engagées. Les 19 contributions réparties en 5 thèmes – « déplacement des frontières », « décolonisation des regards », « gérer la biodiversité » et « souveraineté et citoyenneté» – offrent des synthèses originales sur des champs et des débats qui se sont renouvelés ou ont émergé durant les 20 dernières années : l'histoire de l'occupation du Paci­fique, les techniques de la navigation, les problématiques de la biodiversité, les enjeux de citoyenneté et de la globalisation, les questions de genre, l'enseignement bilingue, les échanges, l'art, la culture matérielle, les festivals et les nouvelles approches du patrimoine tangible et intangible.

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