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Author Roque, Ricardo
Title Headhunting and colonialism [electronic resource] : anthropology and the circulation of human skulls in the Portuguese empire, 1870-1930/ Ricardo Roque
Imprint Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
book jacket
Descript xiv, 342 p. : ill., maps
Series Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
Cambridge imperial and post-colonial studies series
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 297-322) and index
Machine generated contents note: -- Illustrations and Maps -- Acknowledgements -- Abbreviations -- Glossary -- Introduction -- PART I: ENCOUNTERS WITH PARASITES -- Parasitism in Colonial Interactions -- The Order of Ceremonial Government -- The Circulatory System of Colonial Headhunting -- PART II: SKULLS AND HISTORIES -- Trajectories of Human Skullsin Museum Collections -- Human skulls as anthropological objects -- History and Classification in Timorese Anthropology -- Collecting and theDramas of Colonial Hostility -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography --Index
Electronic reproduction. Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Mode of access:World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Title from title screen (viewed on July 14, 2010). Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions
Headhunting and Colonialism is an account of colonial violence, indigenous headhunting and the circulation of human skulls to anthropological museums in the heyday of late European imperialism.Using the example of the Portuguese colony of East Timor, it embeds the history of a museum collection of human skulls within the larger context of the Portuguese imperial expansion, emergence of scientific anthropology in Europe, Christian beliefs about the dead body, and indigenous cultures. The book examines how human skulls were critical to imperial power and indigenous communities, and traceshow they could be collected, exchanged, circulated, studied, and interpreted in colonial, scientific, and metropolitan contexts. By combining imperial history with historical anthropology and the history of science, it brings out a fresh reappraisal of colonial interactions as mutually parasitic, and a novel framework for understanding the social life of collections as attachments between thingsand histories
"Explores headhunting in the colonial wars and the collection of heads for European museums, 1870s-1930s. By looking at Portuguese colonialism in East Timor, it shows how indigenous peoples andcolonial powers interacted in a mutually dependent way, and how collected remains became objects ofpolitical, symbolic, and scientific significance"--Provided by publisher
Link Original 9780230222052 0230222056 (DLC) 2009046793 (OCoLC)428030679
Subject Craniology -- Portugal -- History
Headhunters -- Timor-Leste -- History
Rites and ceremonies -- Timor-Leste
Skull -- Social aspects -- Timor-Leste
Skull -- Social aspects -- Collectors and collecting -- Portugal
Ethnology -- Timor-Leste
Museum exhibits -- Portugal
Human remains (Archaeology) -- Portugal
Timor-Leste -- Colonization
Portugal -- Colonies -- Asia
Craniology -- history -- East Timor
Craniology -- history -- Portugal
Colonialism -- history -- East Timor
Colonialism -- history -- Portugal
Exhibits as Topic -- East Timor
Exhibits as Topic -- Portugal
History, 19th Century -- East Timor
History, 19th Century -- Portugal
History, 20th Century -- East Timor
History, 20th Century -- Portugal
Skull -- East Timor
Skull -- Portugal
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