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Robert Tonkinson interviewed by Nikki Henningham in the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia collection [sound recording]
Bib ID 3797576
Format AudioAudio, OnlineOnline [sound recording]
Author
Tonkinson, Robert, 1938-, Interviewee
 
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Access Conditions Access open for research, personal copies and public use. 
Description 2006 
2 digital audio tapes (ca. 130 min.) 
Series

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia collection.

Summary

Robert Tonkinson, born 1938 in Perth, speaks about his early life; education; early teaching career in southwest Australia; first encounter with indigenous people through missions girls attending school; development of his interest in anthropology; United States influences including the Chicago School, Robert Merton and Conflict Theory; interest in the psychological aspects of anthropology; his Masters degree; going to Jigalong, Western Australia; the book The Jigalong Mob; work history in the Pacific, United States, and Canada; American anthropological thought; working on Melanesian topics based at the Australian National University (ANU); moving to the University of Western Australia (UWA) in the 1980s; difficulties of attracting students to Western Australia; his approach to teaching; changes in research methods and culture; changes in anthropology; Aboriginal genealogies; concerns about current state of research and the general reputation of academics in Australia; the fragmentation of knowledge.

Biography/History

Robert Tonkinson, born 1938 in Perth, is Honorary Research Fellow in Social Anthropology at the University of Western Australia and editor of Anthropological forum. His research interest is in Aboriginal Australia and insular Melanesia.

Notes

Recorded on March 2, 2006 at Nedlands, W.A.

Also available online via the Internet at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.oh-vn3797576

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (2 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 59 leaves) 
Subjects Tonkinson, Robert, - 1938- - Interviews.  |  Anthropologists - Australia - Interviews.  |  Scholars - Australia - Interviews.  |  Anthropology.  |  Aboriginal Australians.
Occupation Anthropologists.  |  Academics.
Other authors/contributors Henningham, Nicola, 1960-, Interviewer

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