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Anthropology's Global HistoriesThe Ethnographic Frontier in German New Guinea, 1870-1935$
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Rainer F. Buschmann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831844

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831844.001.0001

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Anthropology’s Global Histories in Oceania

Anthropology’s Global Histories in Oceania

(p.154) Conclusion Anthropology’s Global Histories in Oceania
Anthropology's Global Histories

Rainer F. Buschmann

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter proposes to return a global historical flavor to anthropology. It examines German tradition in light of other anthropological endeavors in the Pacific Ocean. It begins by looking at the academic and colonial settings of American and British anthropology in the Pacific Islands. It then explores general interbleeding ethnographic frontiers throughout the Pacific Islands. Finally, it seeks to transcend German New Guinea to provide an outline of anthropological studies in the Pacific Ocean between 1760 and 1945. It argues that despite the problematic interference of imperial boundaries with ethnographic frontiers, it was in the Pacific that the establishment of imperial territories assisted the development of ethnographic endeavors. Both British and German imperial realms incorporated crucial ethnographic frontiers, especially territories that were identified as frontier regions between the stipulated static division of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

Keywords:   anthropology, Pacific Ocean, ethnographic frontiers, German New Guinea

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