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Qualitative thinking : an examination of the classificatory systems, evaluative systems and cognitive structures of the Yolnu people of North-east Arnhem Land

Rudder, John

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This thesis is an analysis of the classificatory and evaluative systems used by the Yolnu people of Elcho Island in North-east Arnhem Land. In the process of examining these systems, I attempt to demonstrate how the Yolnu qualitative approach effects the meanings of the evaluations and classifications made. In Chapter One, I introduce the relationship between my thesis and current literature. I also give a brief outline of the physical and cultural environment from within which the Yolnu...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorRudder, John
dc.date.accessioned2016-11-11T01:22:33Z
dc.date.available2016-11-11T01:22:33Z
dc.date.copyright1983
dc.identifier.otherb1291726
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/110248
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is an analysis of the classificatory and evaluative systems used by the Yolnu people of Elcho Island in North-east Arnhem Land. In the process of examining these systems, I attempt to demonstrate how the Yolnu qualitative approach effects the meanings of the evaluations and classifications made. In Chapter One, I introduce the relationship between my thesis and current literature. I also give a brief outline of the physical and cultural environment from within which the Yolnu approach the world. Chapters Two to Five contain the discussion of systems of classification in each of four domains. These domains are normally considered as measurement, nl.llD.ber, colour and ethno-biology. In each of these, I analyse the systems used, drawing out the structures upon which those systems are established. The structures established in those four chapters are drawn together in the Conclusion. I demonstrate that the harmonious relation between the structures used in different domains indicates the existence of deeper common structures which, I argue, function at a cognitive level. My aim is thus to demonstrate the existence of these cognitive structures, and the effect on them of a qualitative mode of evaluation.
dc.format.extentix, 218 leaves
dc.language.isoen
dc.subject.lcshAboriginal Australians Australia Arnhem Land (N.T.)
dc.subject.lcshFolk classification
dc.titleQualitative thinking : an examination of the classificatory systems, evaluative systems and cognitive structures of the Yolnu people of North-east Arnhem Land
dc.typeThesis (Masters)
local.contributor.supervisorMorphy, Howard
dcterms.valid1983
local.description.notesThis thesis has been made available through exception 200AB to the Copyright Act.
local.type.degreeMaster by research (Masters)
dc.date.issued1983
local.contributor.affiliationThe Australian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d7783bbc2526
dc.date.updated2016-11-01T00:05:15Z
local.identifier.proquestYes
local.mintdoimint
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