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The image of early women anthropologists in Australia has been one of Daisy Bates seated in the middle of nowhere, recording the habits and customs of "a dying race". A harmless eccentric, or a serious pioneer of field anthropology? When anthropology began as a serious academic discipline in Sydney in the 1920s, its lecturers and theoreticians were male. Few know, however, that much of the field work and research was carried out by women. Their contribution remains marginalized, omitted from the history of anthropology. "First in their field" looks at the way these remarkable women worked, their difficulties and their hopes. Very few have received the recognition they deserve and this volume, documenting their courage and determination, is long overdue. This collection of essays is a first appraisal of the work of women who, to varying extents, have been considered undisciplined or eccentric. Daisy Bates is perhaps the best known of these, but Mary Ellen Murray-Prior, Jane Ada Fletcher, Ursula McConnel, Olive Pink and Phyllis Kaberry also spent years in the field, working with great perseverance and with little real encouragement.
|To one first in her field - Isobel White|
|Women, Men and Anthropology||p. 1|
|Miss Mary, Ethnography and the Inheritance of Concern: Mary Ellen Murray-Prior||p. 15|
|Daisy Bates: Legend and Reality||p. 47|
|Jane Ada Fletcher and the Little Brown Piccaninnies of Tasmania||p. 67|
|The Snake, the Serpent and the Rainbow: Ursula McConnel and Aboriginal Australians||p. 85|
|The Beauty, Simplicity and Honour of Truth: Olive Pink in the 1940s||p. 111|
|From Sydney Schoolgirl to African Queen Mother: Tracing the career of Phyllis Mary Kaberry||p. 137|
|Letters from the Field||p. 152|
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Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 31st January 1989
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.1 x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.28
Edition Number: 1