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Torres Strait Islanders : custom and colonialism / Jeremy Beckett.

By: Contributor(s): Publisher: Cambridge ; Sydney : Cambridge University Press, 1989Copyright date: �1987Description: xii, 251 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 23 cmContent type:
  • still image
  • text
Media type:
  • unmediated
Carrier type:
  • volume
  • volume
  • 052133361X :
  • 0521378621 (pbk.)
Subject(s): Additional physical formats: Online version: Torres Strait Islanders.DDC classification:
  • 994.38 306/.099438 20
LOC classification:
  • DU125.T67 B43 1987
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Includes index.

Bibliography: pages 236-246.

Machine derived contents note: List of plates and maps -- Preface -- List of abbreviations -- 1. A 'tombstone opening' and the problem of island custom -- 2. Pearlers, pastors and protectors -- 3. Disastrous contact: 'army time' and after -- 4. Reflections in a colonial mirror -- 5. The Murray Islanders -- 6. The Baduans -- 7. Welfare colonialism -- 8. The society of Islanders -- Bibliography -- Index.

Not for Inter Library Loan.

Cultural history of Torres Strait Islands based on archival sources and the oral record, focussing on contrasts between Badu and Murray Islands; emergence of colonial order from mid l800s; introduction of Government, mission, industry; outbreak of pacific war during WWII, collapse of pearling industry, beginning of emmigration to mainland in l960s; Islanders understanding of their history, present situation; case studies of Badu and Murray Islands, first 100 years of colonisation; recent history, emergence of welfare economy, political system, mainland TSI community; role of Island custom in mediating their relationship with Australian society in part through imposing Islander social structures on changes brought from Australian culture.

Item type Current library Call number Status Date due Barcode Item holds
Traditional Knowledge Collection Traditional Knowledge Collection IP Australia Library Traditional Knowledge Collection 994.38 BEC (Browse shelf(Opens below)) Available 626757
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