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Author Beckett, Jeremy, 1931-

Title Torres Strait Islanders : custom and colonialism / Jeremy Beckett
Published Cambridge ; Sydney : Cambridge University Press, 1987


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Description xii, 251 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
regular print
Contents Machine derived contents note: List of plates and maps -- Preface -- List of abbreviations -- 1. A 'tombstone opening' and the problem of island custom -- 2. Pearlers, pastors and protectors -- 3. Disastrous contact: 'army time' and after -- 4. Reflections in a colonial mirror -- 5. The Murray Islanders -- 6. The Baduans -- 7. Welfare colonialism -- 8. The society of Islanders -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary Cultural history of Torres Strait Islands based on archival sources and the oral record, focussing on contrasts between Badu and Murray Islands; emergence of colonial order from mid l800s; introduction of Government, mission, industry; outbreak of pacific war during WWII, collapse of pearling industry, beginning of emmigration to mainland in l960s; Islanders understanding of their history, present situation; case studies of Badu and Murray Islands, first 100 years of colonisation; recent history, emergence of welfare economy, political system, mainland TSI community; role of Island custom in mediating their relationship with Australian society in part through imposing Islander social structures on changes brought from Australian culture
Analysis Queensland Torres Strait Islands Island communities, ca 1900-1980 - Anthropological perspectives
Torres Strait Islanders - Social life and customs
Torres Strait Islands - History
Torres Strait Islands - Social life and customs
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 236-246
Notes Copy 2 - donation from Tom Austen Brown collection
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Queensland -- Government relations.
Aboriginal Australians -- Government relations.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Queensland.
Acculturation -- Australia -- Torres Strait Islands (Qld.)
Manners and customs.
Torres Strait Islanders -- Government relations.
Torres Strait Islanders -- Social conditions.
Torres Strait Islanders -- Social life and customs.
Torres Strait Islanders -- Australia -- Queensland -- Murray Islands
Torres Strait Islanders.
Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Colonial influence.
Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- History.
Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Social life and customs.
Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Politics and government.
Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Social conditions.
LC no. 87006552
ISBN 052133361X
0521378621 (paperback)