Comparative Austronesian Series

The Comparative Austronesian Series began as the publications of an interdisciplinary project involving anthropologists, linguists and archaeologists committed to the comparative study of the Austronesian-speaking populations of the world whose distribution extends from Taiwan to Timor, and from Madagascar to Easter Island. The series now continues and extends the impetus of the initial project focusing on a variety of topics of comparative significance.

Please note: The following list of titles is sorted by publication date, with the most recent first.

Expressions of Austronesian Thought and Emotions »

Edited by: James J. Fox
Publication date: April 2018

This collection of papers is the seventh volume in the Comparative Austronesian series. The papers in this volume focus on societies from Sumatra to Melanesia and examine the expression and patterning of Austronesian thought and emotions.


Precedence »

Social Differentiation in the Austronesian World

Edited by: Michael P. Vischer
Publication date: May 2009

This collection of papers is the sixth volume in the Comparative Austronesian series.


Sharing the Earth, Dividing the Land »

Land and territory in the Austronesian world

Edited by: Thomas Reuter
Publication date: October 2006

This collection of papers is the fifth in a series of volumes on the work of the Comparative Austronesian Project.


Origins, Ancestry and Alliance »

Explorations in Austronesian Ethnography

Publication date: October 2006

This collection of papers, the third in a series of volumes on the work of the Comparative Austronesian Project, explores indigenous Austronesian ideas of origin, ancestry and alliance and considers the comparative significance of these ideas in s


The Austronesians »

Historical and Comparative Perspectives

Publication date: September 2006

The Austronesian-speaking population of the world are estimated to number more than 270 million people, living in a broad swathe around half the globe, from Madagascar to Easter Island and from Taiwan to New Zealand.


Inside Austronesian Houses »

Perspectives on domestic designs for living

Edited by: James J. Fox
Publication date: September 2006

The eight papers in this volume examine the spatial organization of a variety of Austronesian houses and relate the domestic design of these houses to the social and ritual practices of the specific groups who reside within them.


The Poetic Power of Place »

Comparative Perspectives on Austronesian Ideas of Locality

Edited by: James J. Fox
Publication date: September 2006

This collection of papers is the fourth in a series of volumes on the work of the Comparative Austronesian Project.