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Author: André Singer; Bruce Dakowski; Central Independent Television.; Royal Anthropological Institute.
Publisher: London : The Royal Anthropological Institute, 1986.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Vol. 1. Explores the career of Walter Baldwin Spencer, whose studies of the Australian aborigines showed them to be a people with an extremely complex and subtle, rather than primitive, culture. In 1887, Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer left England to study Australian aborigines. Spencer began to work with Frank Gillen, the operator of a telegraph station and an initiated elder of the Aranda tribe-a remarkable man who
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Baldwin Spencer; Franz Boas; W H R Rivers; Bronislaw Malinowski; Margaret Mead; E E Evans-Pritchard; Franz Boas; E E Evans-Pritchard; Bronislaw Malinowski; Margaret Mead; W H R Rivers; Baldwin Spencer
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: André Singer; Bruce Dakowski; Central Independent Television.; Royal Anthropological Institute.
OCLC Number: 434032542
Credits: Camera, Mike Thomson ; graphics, Tony Geddes ; editors, Sue Brook (v. 1,2,5), Chris Christophe (v. 3,4,6) ; music, Mark Emney.
Description: 6 videodiscs (315 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD.
Contents: [Disc 1] Fieldwork : Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer (1860-1929) (53 min.) --
[disc 2] Everything is relatives : William Rivers (1864-1922) (52 min.) --
[disc 3] The shackles of tradition : Franz Boas (1858-1942) (52 min.) --
[disc 4] Off the verandah : Bronislaw Malinowski (1884-1942) (53 min.) --
[disc 5] Coming of age : Margaret Mead (1901-1978) (53 min.) --
[disc 6] Strange beliefs : Sir Edward Evans-Pritchard (1902-1973) (53 min.).
Other Titles: Fieldwork.
Everything is relatives.
Shackles of tradition.
Off the verandah.
Coming of age.
Strange beliefs.
Responsibility: Central Independent Television ; produced and directed by Andre Singer ; written and presented by Bruce Dakowski.

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Vol. 1. Explores the career of Walter Baldwin Spencer, whose studies of the Australian aborigines showed them to be a people with an extremely complex and subtle, rather than primitive, culture. In 1887, Sir Walter Baldwin Spencer left England to study Australian aborigines. Spencer began to work with Frank Gillen, the operator of a telegraph station and an initiated elder of the Aranda tribe-a remarkable man who was befriending aborigines at a time when most whites were persecuting them. Gillen's special place in aboriginal society enabled both men to witness scenes that no white man had ever seen. The approach the two men used to study the aborigines has strongly influenced the way that other cultures have been studied since. Their method came to be known as fieldwork.

Vol. 2. Reviews the life and work of social anthropologist William Rivers. Describes his work among the people of the Torres Straits and the Todas of southern India and how he was led to stress the importance of kinship ties in understanding culture. His efforts to provide anthropology with a sound scientific base are evaluated in detail.

Vol. 3. Profile of the German physicist who was responsible for shaping the course of American anthropology, beginning with his investigations of the relations between Eskimo migrations and the physical geography of their region.

Vol. 4. Examines the work of Bronislaw Malinowski, who studied the people of the Trobriands, a group of Pacific Islands, altering the idea that native peoples were primitive savages.

Vol. 5. Surveys the life, work and influence of controversial anthropologist and fieldworker Margaret Mead. Describes in detail her work on adolescence and sex roles in Somoa, New Guinea and Bali, and includes original footage from these three countries.

Vol. 6. Edward Evans-Pritchard was the first trained anthropologist to do work in Africa, where he lived among the Azande and studied their belief in witchcraft. Later, he worked with the Nuer tribe in the Sudan. His work on witchcraft caused philosophers to ask how rational thinking could be defined; his study of tribal organization intrigued political theorists; his attention to the sophisticated religious sentiments of so-called primitive peoples has strongly influenced theologians.

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