Anthropology’s significant contribution to both academic and applied research focused on Indigenous Australia has intensified over the last four decades. Among Aboriginal people and anthropologists themselves, debates have occurred as to the discipline’s earlier alignments with colonialism, and also its clear distinction among other social sciences as achieving deep understanding of Indigenous life. From the mid 1970s to the present, there has been a substantial effort from anthropologists both within and outside the universities to investigate a wide range of practical matters, including land claims, native title applications, cultural heritage issues, and related development project negotiations. These days, anthropologists with some experience in this work will likely find themselves in considerable demand from Indigenous organisations, governments, and industry groups.
Peter Menkhorst reviews 'Culture Crisis: Anthropology and politics in Aboriginal Australia' edited by Jon Altman and Melinda Hinkson
Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia
edited by Jon Altman and Melinda Hinkson
University of NSW Press, $49.95 pb, 302 pp, 9781742232256
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Peter Menkhorst is a Melbourne-based zoologist specialising in mammal and bird ecology and conservation, particularly in devising recovery strategies for threatened species, and guiding their implementation. He has published extensively in both scientific and popular literature, including Mammals of Victoria (1995), a definitive book on the subject, and A Field Guide to the Mammals of Australia (2001, now in its third edition). Peter is currently part of a team preparing a new field guide to Australian birds for CSIRO Publishing.
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