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An Appreciation of Difference: WEH Stanner, Aboriginal Australia and Anthropology

Melinda Hinkson

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ISBN 10: 0855756608 / ISBN 13: 9780855756604
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Title: An Appreciation of Difference: WEH Stanner, ...

Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press

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The work of renowned Australian anthropologist WEH Stanner is given historical and analytical context in this collection of contributions from some of Australia's leading academics in the field of Aboriginal studies. Educated by pioneers of anthropology, including Bronislaw Malinowski, Stanner undertook work in Australia, Africa, and the Pacific, and helped to inform public understandings of Aboriginal beliefs and religion, as well as federal policy towards them. Demonstrating the continuing relevance of his work in light of current debates on Aboriginal affairs, this examination is a reminder of the significant effect Stanner had not only on social science but on the entire world.


WEH Stanner was a public intellectual whose work reached beyond the walls of the academy, and he remains a highly significant figure in Aboriginal affairs and Australian anthropology. Educated by Radcliffe-Brown in Sydney and Malinowski in London, he undertook anthropological work in Australia, Africa and the Pacific. Stanner contributed much to public understandings of the Dreaming and the significance of Aboriginal religion.His 1968 broadcast lectures, "After the Dreaming", continue to be among the most widely quoted works in the field of Aboriginal studies. He also produced some exceptionally evocative biographical portraits of Aboriginal people. Stanner's writings on post-colonial development and assimilation policy urged an appreciation of Indigenous people's distinctive world views and aspirations. Hinkson and Beckett have drawn together some of Australia's leading academics working in Aboriginal studies to provide an historical and analytical context for Stanner's work, as well as demonstrating the continuing relevance of his writings in the contested field of Aboriginal affairs.

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