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Of Marriage, Violence and Sorcery

The Quest for Power in Northern Queensland

Of Marriage, Violence and Sorcery by David McKnight
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This is a fascinating exploration of the relationship between marriage, violence and sorcery in an Australian Aboriginal Community, drawing on David McKnight’s extensive research on Mornington Island. The case studies, which occurred both before and after a Presbyterian Mission was established on the island, allow McKnight to show how the complexities of kin ties and increased sexual competition help to explain incidences of violence and sorcery, without resorting to psychiatric justifications. He demonstrates that kin ties both stimulated conflict and helped to mitigate it. Following on from McKnight’s previous book, Going the Whiteman’s Way (Ashgate 2004), Of Marriage, Violence and Sorcery offers an archive of valuable primary materials, drawing on the author’s forty-year knowledge of the community on Mornington Island.
Taylor and Francis; December 2016
296 pages; ISBN 9781351914086
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Title: Of Marriage, Violence and Sorcery
Author: David McKnight
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