The Duality of Metric Concepts of Contemporary Indigenous Australian Lifeways: Kinship Categories and Numbers

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Abstract

The chapter makes an analogy between two quite different metrics that equally ‘have life’ in the organisations and institutions of both Indigenous and mainstream Australian lifeways. I juxtapose Indigenous systems of kin names, with modernity’s numbers. Of course, I recognise that the systems of kinship names that have life in Indigenous Australia are profoundly different than numbers. Yet here is a convincing argument that in several important senses they are alike: different but partially same. The chapter explores the reasons for recognising both the difference and the similarity
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous Engineering for an Enduring Culture
EditorsCat Kutay, Elyssebeth Leigh, Juliana Kaya Pripic, Lyndon Ormond-Parker
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Chapter20
Pages388-403
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781527587601
ISBN (Print)9781527587595
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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