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Before the field: colonial anthropology reassessed

Gardner, Helen and Kenny, Robert 2016, Before the field: colonial anthropology reassessed, Oceania, vol. 86, no. 3, Special issue: before the field: colonial ethnography's challenge to British anthropology, pp. 218-224, doi: 10.1002/ocea.5139.

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Title Before the field: colonial anthropology reassessed
Author(s) Gardner, Helen
Kenny, Robert
Journal name Oceania
Volume number 86
Issue number 3
Season Special issue: before the field: colonial ethnography's challenge to British anthropology
Start page 218
End page 224
Total pages 7
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 0029-8077
1834-4461
Keyword(s) colonial
anthropology
historiography
Metropolitan
Indigenous presence
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary The introduction to this special issue argues for a reappraisal of colonial anthropology in the broader historiography of British anthropology. It challenges the continuation of the centre–periphery model that has positioned colonial ethnographers and their Indigenous authorities as awkward, peripheral figures in the history of the discipline, and posits that, while the evolutionist tomes of the 19th century are now of purely historical value, the colonial texts, permeated as they are with Indigenous presence, remain relevant for Aboriginal people and current anthropology. In particular the introduction suggests that the impetus for British scholars to set out for ‘the field’, subsequently defined as the proper site of anthropological endeavour, came from the challenges to evolutionism by colonial ethnographers and Indigenous authorities working in situ and in close contact.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/ocea.5139
Field of Research 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
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:30090558

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Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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