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Arguments about Aborigines: Australia and the Evolution of Social Anthropologyby L. R. Hiatt
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In the nineteenth century, Australian Aborigines were used by European scholars as an exemplar of early human forms, and have consequently featured as the crucial case study for generations of social theorists and anthropologists. Arguments about Aborigines examines controversial subjects such as family life, religion and ritual, and land rights through the prism of Aboriginal studies. Professor Hiatt's book will provide a valuable introduction to Aboriginal ethnography, and is a shrewd and stimulating history of the central questions in Aboriginal studies.
Australian Aborigines have been used as the crucial case study of early human forms for generations of social theorists and anthropologists. This text examines controversial subjects such as family life, religion and ritual, and land rights through the prism of aboriginal studies.
Stimulating history of the central questions in Aboriginal studies.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-221) and index.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Prologue; 2. Real estates and phantom hordes; 3. Group marriage; 4. The woman question; 5. People without politics; 6. High gods; 7. Conception and misconception; 8. Dangerous mothers-in-law and disfigured sisters; 9. Initiation: the case of the cheeky yam; 10. Epilogue; Notes; References; Index.
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