Dialectics and Dynamics

Dialectics and Dynamics : The Legacy of Robert Tonkinson's Anthropological Work in Australia and the Pacific

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This volume focuses on the ways in which Robert Tonkinson's research has inspired further explorations of issues in the study of kinship, migration, the transformation of tradition, and other contemporary scholarship in the Pacific and Aboriginal Australia. In the Pacific context these influences have stemmed from his provocative contributions upon such issues as the politics of kastom - its symbiotic relationship to Christianity and its local identity functions, as well as the larger context of globalisation in which the transformation of ritual and ideology as kastom has been taking place. Tonkinson's writings on the dynamics of Indigenous agency in contexts of missionisation and governmentalisation have paved the way for continuing conceptualisation of the 'intercultural' in Aboriginal Australia. This collection demonstrates how Tonkinson's pioneering work has enhanced our understanding of core themes constituting anthropological research over the last century. This book was originally published as a special issue of Anthropological Forum.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 174 x 246mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138931667
  • 9781138931664

About Greg Acciaioli

Greg Acciaioli is Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology at the University of Western Australia. He has conducted research in Indonesia and Malaysia since 1980, and is an editor of the journal Anthropological Forum. He has held visiting fellowships at the IIAS, National University of Singapore, Murdoch University, and City University of Hong Kong.show more

Table of contents

Foreword Greg Acciaioli 1. The Dialectic of Robert Tonkinson's Dynamic Mode of Argumentation: Paradoxes, Adaptive Strategies and Accommodations Greg Acciaioli 2. Melanesian Kastom and Its Transformations Lamont Lindstrom 3. Inclusion-Exclusion: Recasting the Issue of Boundaries for the Western Desert Laurent Dousset 4. From Descent, to Multiple Pathways, to Descent: What's Happening in the Western Desert Lee Sackett 5. The Archaeology of Memory: The Recursive Relationship of Martu Rock Art and Place Jo McDonald and Peter Veth 6.How Bob Tonkinson and The Jigalong Mob Influenced My Analysis of Kakadu's Joint Management Christopher Haynes 7. Autonomous Selves in a Bureaucratised World: Challenges for Mardu and Wiradjuri Gaynor Macdonald 8. Warlpiri and the Pacific - Ideas for an Intercultural History of the Walpiri Paul Burke 9. Back to the Village: Return Migrants and the Changing Discourse of Tradition in Manus, Papua New Guinea Ton Otto 10. Aboriginal 'Difference' and 'Autonomy' Then and Now: Four Decades of Change in a Western Desert Society Robert Tonkinsonshow more