Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge

Ethnography & the Production of Anthropological Knowledge

Essays in honour of Nicolas Peterson

Edited by: Yasmine Musharbash, Marcus Barber orcid

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Professor Nicolas Peterson is a central figure in the anthropology of Aboriginal Australia. This volume honours his anthropological body of work, his commitment to ethnographic fieldwork as a source of knowledge, his exemplary mentorship of generations of younger scholars and his generosity in facilitating the progress of others. The diverse collection produced by former students, current colleagues and long-term peers provides reflections on his legacy as well as fresh anthropological insights from Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region. Inspired by Nicolas Peterson’s work in Aboriginal Australia and his broad ranging contributions to anthropology over several decades, the contributors to this volume celebrate the variety of his ethnographic interests. Individual chapters address, revisit, expand on, and ethnographically re-examine his work about ritual, material culture, the moral domestic economy, land and ecology. The volume also pays homage to Nicolas Peterson’s ability to provide focused research with long-term impact, exemplified by a series of papers engaging with his work on demand sharing and the applied policy domain.


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Feb 2011
ANU Press
Arts & Humanities: Cultural Studies; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Social Policy & Administration
Australia; East Asia: Japan; Pacific: New Zealand; Southeast Asia: Malaysia

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  1. Nic’s Gift: Turning ethnographic data into knowledge (PDF, 210KB)Yasmine Musharbash doi

Part I. Ritual, Material Culture, Land and Ecology

  1. Splitting the Atom of Kinship: Towards an understanding of the symbolic economy of the Warlpiri fire ceremony (PDF, 421KB)John Morton doi
  2. The ‘Expanding Domain’ of Warlpiri Initiation Rituals (PDF, 333KB)Georgia Curran doi
  3. Who Owns the ‘De-Aboriginalised’ Past? Ethnography meets photography: a case study of Bundjalung Pentecostalism (PDF, 2.0MB)Akiko Ono doi
  4. Thomson’s Spears: Innovation and change in eastern Arnhem Land projectile technology (PDF, 1.2MB)Harry Allen doi
  5. Nothing Ever Changes’: Historical ecology, causality and climate change in Arnhem Land, Australia (PDF, 422KB)Marcus Barber doi
  6. The Language of Property: Analyses of Yolngu relations to country (PDF, 687KB)Ian Keen doi

Part II. Demand Sharing, the Moral Domestic Economy, Policy and Applied Anthropology

  1. From Applied Anthropology to an Anthropology of Engagement: Japanese anthropology and Australianist studies (PDF, 430KB)Sachiko Kubota doi
  2. Community Development as Fantasy? A case study of contemporary Maori society (PDF, 611KB)Toon van Meijl doi
  3. Give or Take: A comparative analysis of demand sharing among the Menraq and Semai of Malaysia (PDF, 582KB)Alberto Gomes doi
  4. Owning Your People: Sustaining relatedness and identity in a South Coast Aboriginal community (PDF, 805KB)Natalie Kwok doi
  5. Demand Sharing, Nutrition and Warlpiri Health: The social and economic strategies of food choice (PDF, 667KB)Eirik Saethre doi
  6. A Genealogy of ‘Demand Sharing’: From pure anthropology to public policy (PDF, 784KB)Jon Altman doi
  7. Policy Alchemy and the Magical Transformation of Aboriginal Society (PDF, 883KB)David F. Martin doi

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