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A Death in the Tiwi Islands : Conflict, Ritual and Social Life in an Australian Aboriginal Community - Eric Venbrux

A Death in the Tiwi Islands

Conflict, Ritual and Social Life in an Australian Aboriginal Community

Paperback Published: 18th December 1995
ISBN: 9780521479134
Number Of Pages: 288

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This compelling book is an extended case study of the social and legal ramifications of a homicide in a Tiwi community. The author gives a detailed account of the life of the victim and the events surrounding his murder, and describes the cycle of mortuary and seasonal rituals with their elaborate songs and dances. He also looks at the dramatic changes in Tiwi society over the last 100 years, and examines how the Tiwi have responded to the intervention of Western culture. In many areas, he finds, they have adapted and retained their own value system. Venbrux's account of the investigation and trial following the homicide provides timely and important insights into the issue of Aboriginal People, traditional law and the Australian criminal justice system. Through the strong narrative thread of this book we are presented with an incisive picture of a culture amid conflict and change.

Industry Reviews

."..a thorough, thoughtful addition to the extensive literautre on Tiwi island people." Choice "A Death in the Tiwi Islands is an exceptional ethnographic work." Gary Robinson, American Anthropologist

Under the Mango Tree
Tiwi Culture Amid Change
The Victim and his Father
'The Message that it is Murder'
The Funeral Rituals
The Yam Rituals
'Nothing but the Truth'
The Postfuneral Rituals
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ISBN: 9780521479134
ISBN-10: 0521479134
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 18th December 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.43