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  1. Introduction: Revisiting Aboriginal Social Organisation (PDF, 0.2MB)Patrick McConvell doi
  2. Evolving Perspectives on Aboriginal Social Organisation: From Mutual Misrecognition to the Kinship Renaissance (PDF, 0.2MB)Piers Kelly and Patrick McConvell doi

PART I People and Place

  1. Systems in Geography or Geography of Systems? Attempts to Represent Spatial Distributions of Australian Social Organisation (PDF, 1.4MB)Laurent Dousset doi
  2. The Sources of Confusion over Social and Territorial Organisation in Western Victoria (PDF, 0.2MB)Raymond Madden doi
  3. Disputation, Kinship and Land Tenure in Western Arnhem Land (PDF, 0.3MB)Mark Harvey doi

PART II Social Categories and Their History

  1. Moiety Names in South-Eastern Australia: Distribution and Reconstructed History (PDF, 0.8MB)Harold Koch, Luise Hercus and Piers Kelly doi
  2. Patriclan Subsets of the Ashburton River District in Western Australia (PDF, 0.4MB)Peter Sutton doi
  3. The Birds and the Bees: The Origins of Sections in Queensland (PDF, 1.0MB)Patrick McConvell doi
  4. Generic Terms for Subsections (‘Skins’) in Australia: Sources and Semantic Networks (PDF, 0.9MB) – Patrick McConvell and Maïa Ponsonnet doi
  5. The Development of Arandic Subsection Names in Time and Space (PDF, 0.4MB)Harold Koch doi

PART III Kinship Systems

  1. Close–Distant: An Essential Dichotomy in Australian Kinship (PDF, 0.2MB)Tony Jefferies doi
  2. Asymmetrical Distinctions in Waanyi Kinship Terminology (PDF, 0.6MB)Mary Laughren doi
  3. Genesis of the Trinity: The Convergent Evolution of Trirelational Kinterms (PDF, 0.8MB)Joe Blythe doi