Of Marriage, Violence and Sorcery: The Quest for Power in Northern Queensland - Anthropology and Cultural History in Asia and the Indo-Pacific (Hardback)David McKnight (author)
Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 22/06/2005
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This is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between marriage, violence and sorcery in an Australian Aboriginal Community, drawing on David McKnight's extensive research on Mornington Island. The case studies, which occurred both before and after a Presbyterian Mission was established on the island, allow McKnight to show how the complexities of kin ties and increased sexual competition help to explain incidences of violence and sorcery, without resorting to psychiatric justifications. He demonstrates that kin ties both stimulated conflict and helped to mitigate it. Following on from McKnight's previous book, Going the Whiteman's Way (Ashgate 2004), Of Marriage, Violence and Sorcery offers an archive of valuable primary materials, drawing on the author's forty-year knowledge of the community on Mornington Island.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 577 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
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