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The genealogy of the genealogical method: discoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology

Gardner, Helen 2016, The genealogy of the genealogical method: discoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology, Oceania, vol. 86, no. 3, Special issue: before the field: colonial ethnography's challenge to British anthropology, pp. 294-319, doi: 10.1002/ocea.5144.

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Title The genealogy of the genealogical method: discoveries, disseminations and the historiography of British anthropology
Author(s) Gardner, HelenORCID iD for Gardner, Helen orcid.org/0000-0002-3717-0535
Journal name Oceania
Volume number 86
Issue number 3
Season Special issue: before the field: colonial ethnography's challenge to British anthropology
Start page 294
End page 319
Total pages 26
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 0029-8077
1834-4461
Keyword(s) anthropology
Tulaba
Fison
Howitt
Rivers
field methods
kinship
questionnaire
colonial
Gippsland
Torres Strait
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Gippsland/
Summary This article explores the origins of the genealogical method of kinship collection and the remembering and forgetting of Indigenous and settler contributors to early anthropology. While W. H. R. Rivers’ development of the genealogical method from the expedition to the Torres Strait in 1898 has iconic status as a foundation moment in the history of anthropology, there is irrefutable evidence that a genealogical method for kinship collection was employed in the Australian colonies from the early 1870s, developed by Gunnai/Kŭrnai man Tulaba with magistrate A. W. Howitt. The article tracks the origins and dissemination of both genealogical methods and the crucial role of Indigenous agency in the development of field practices. It concludes with an analysis of the place of colonial ethnographers and Indigenous authorities in the historiography of British anthropology.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/ocea.5144
Field of Research 160199 Anthropology not elsewhere classified
16 Studies In Human Society
21 History And Archaeology
Socio Economic Objective 950599 Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Oceania Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30090116

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Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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