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Title Skin, kin and clan : the dynamics of social categories in Indigenous Australia / edited by Patrick McConvell, Piers Kelly and Sébastien Lacrampe
Published Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press, [2018]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 483 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents Introduction : Revisiting Aboriginal Social Organisation / Patrick McConvell -- Evolving Perspectives on Aboriginal Social Organisation : From Mutual Misrecognition to the Kinship Renaissance / Piers Kelly and Patrick McConvell -- Part 1. People and Place. Systems in Geography or Geography of Systems? : Attempts to Represent Spatial Distributions of Australian Social Organisation / Laurent Dousset -- The Sources of Confusion over Social and Territorial Organisation in Western Victoria / Raymond Madden -- Disputation, Kinship and Land Tenure in Western Arnhem Land / Mark Harvey -- Part 2. Social Categories and Their History. Moiety Names in South-Eastern Australia : Distribution and Reconstructed History / Harold Koch, Luise Hercus and Piers Kelly -- Patriclan Subsets of the Ashburton River District in Western Australia / Peter Sutton -- The Birds and the Bees: The Origins of Sections in Queensland / Patrick McConvell -- Generic Terms for Subsections ('Skins') in Australia : Sources and Semantic Networks / Patrick McConvell and Maïa Ponsonnet -- The Development of Arandic Subsection Names in Time and Space / Harold Koch -- Part 3. Kinship Systems. Close-Distant : An Essential Dichotomy in Australian Kinship / Tony Jefferies -- Asymmetrical Distinctions in Waanyi Kinship Terminology / Mary Laughren -- Genesis of the Trinity : The Convergent Evolution of Trirelational Kinterms / Joe Blythe
Summary Australia is unique in the world for its diverse and interlocking systems of Indigenous social organisation. On no other continent do we see such an array of complex and contrasting social arrangements, coordinated through a principle of 'universal kinship' whereby two strangers meeting for the first time can recognise one another as kin. For some time, Australian kinship studies suffered from poor theorisation and insufficient aggregation of data. The large-scale AustKin project sought to redress these problems through the careful compilation of kinship information. Arising from the project, this book presents recent original research by a range of authors in the field on the kinship and social category systems in Australia. A number of the contributions focus on reconstructing how these systems originated and developed over time. Others are concerned with the relationship between kinship and land, the semantics of kin terms and the dynamics of kin interactions
Analysis Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Ethnic identity.
Aboriginal Australians -- Kinship.
Aboriginal Australians -- Social networks.
Aboriginal Australians -- Tribal citizenship.
Anthropological linguistics.
Form Electronic book
Author Kelly, Piers, editor
Lacrampe, Sébastien, editor
McConvell, Patrick, editor
Australian National University Press.
ISBN 1760461644 (ebook)
9781760461645 (ebook)