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Skin, kin and clan : the dynamics of social categories in indigenous Australia / edited by Patrick McConvell, Piers Kelly and Sébastien Lacrampe
Bib ID 7756753
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, still image, online resource]
Online Access
Access Conditions National edeposit: Available onsite at national, state and territory libraries. 
Description Acton, ACT : ANU Press, [2018] 
1 online resource (xix, 483 pages) : illustrations (some colour), maps (some colour) 
ISBN 9781760461645 (PDF)
Invalid ISBN 9781760461638 (print)
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text file : PDF : 6MB 


Australia is unique in the world for its diverse and interlocking systems of Indigenous social organisation. On no other continent do we see such an array of complex and contrasting social arrangements, coordinated through a principle of 'universal kinship' whereby two strangers meeting for the first time can recognise one another as kin. For some time, Australian kinship studies suffered from poor theorisation and insufficient aggregation of data. The large-scale AustKin project sought to redress these problems through the careful compilation of kinship information. Arising from the project, this book presents recent original research by a range of authors in the field on the kinship and social category systems in Australia. A number of the contributions focus on reconstructing how these systems originated and developed over time. Others are concerned with the relationship between kinship and land, the semantics of kin terms and the dynamics of kin interactions.


Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Kinship.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Ethnic identity.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social networks.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Tribal citizenship.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors McConvell, Patrick, editor  |  Kelly, Piers, editor  |  Lacrampe, Sébastien, editor
Terms of Use This title is published under a Creative commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). The full licence terms are available at  Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives (CC BY-NC-ND) 
Copyright information This edition © 2018 ANU Press 

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