The origin of kinship in Oceania : Lewis Henry Morgan and Lorimer Fison

Gardner, Helen 2008, The origin of kinship in Oceania : Lewis Henry Morgan and Lorimer Fison, Oceania, vol. 78, no. 2, pp. 137-150.

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Title The origin of kinship in Oceania : Lewis Henry Morgan and Lorimer Fison
Author(s) Gardner, HelenORCID iD for Gardner, Helen
Journal name Oceania
Volume number 78
Issue number 2
Start page 137
End page 150
Total pages 14
Publisher Oceania Publications
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2008-07-01
ISSN 0029-8077
Keyword(s) anthropology
Summary This article investigates the importance of Oceania in the early study of kinship. It examines the tensions between evidence and analysis from the Pacific Islands in the development of Lewis Henry Morgan's theory of evolving kinship forms. While other sources from the Pacific islands are investigated it is focused particularly on the correspondence between Morgan and Lorimer Fison, Methodist missionary and key figure in the spread of kinship schedules and anthropological theories throughout Oceania in the I 870s. The empirical data gathered by Fison, challenged Morgan's schema and questioned the orthodox evolutionist hierarchy in Asia and the Pacific. Also investigated is the British response to this unruly
Language eng
Field of Research 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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