Dr Grant McCall

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Curriculum vitae

Grant McCall has researched and taught anthropology at various universities, including Oxford, Cambridge, New South Wales, South Pacific, Copenhagen, California at Berkeley, Chile, Australian National and Provence, as well as having been a visitor for various periods of time at other places.
My first research and writing was about migrant populations, especially the Basques in the Americas, but my abiding interest has been in the peoples and cultures of the Pacific Islands, with a concentration on the eastern part of that vast region.

I have supervised research students on a diversity of topics from water policy to missionary development in Samoa; from environmental theory to ethnicity in Fiji; from demographics and youth development on Rapanui to photographic images of colonialism.

I regard the interactive passing on of knowledge as being core to academic work and that any anthropologist should have as their prime methodology collaborative research with the local populations who are their hosts.

My future writing plans include three single-authored monographs and the occasional article

Selected publications


  • Basque–Americans and a Sequential Theory of Migration and Adaptation. San Francisco: R & E Research Associates, 1973. ISBN 0 88247 23000 5 (paper bound only).
  • (Edited with Alexander F. Mamak), Paradise Postponed. Research for Development in the Pacific. Sydney: Pergamon Press, 1978. ISBN 0 08 02300 04 (cloth); 0 08 02333005 9 (paper bound).
  • Rapanui. Tradition and Survival on Easter Island. Sydney: George Allen and Unwin, & Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii, 1980. ISBN 0 86861 274 X (cloth only).
  • Dharma Dynamic. New Delhi: Cosmos Publications, 1982. (No isbn , cloth only).
  • Anthropology in Australia: Essays to Honour 50 Years of Mankind. Sydney: The Anthropological Society of New South Wales, 1982. ISBN 0 9593201 0 5 (paper bound only).
  • (Edited with I.H. Burnley and S. Encel), Immigration and Ethnicity in the 1980s. Australian Studies Series. Melbourne: Longman Cheshire, 1985. ISBN
  • Las Fundaciones de Rapanui. Easter Island, Chile: Museo Provincial R.P. Sebastian Englert, 1986. No ISBN
  • (Edited with John Prescott), Kava: Use and abuse in Australia and the South Pacific. Monograph Nº 5. Kensington, National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre, 1989. ISBN 0947 229 04 3.
  • (with John Connell) Islanders in the West: Pacific Island migrants in Blacktown. Blacktown, Blacktown Migrant Resource Centre, Inc., 1989. ISBN 0 7316 6796 4.
  • (General Editor), Sydney talk: Australia in the South Pacific. Pacific Studies Monograph Nº 1. Kensington, Centre for South Pacific Studies, 1990. ISBN 0 7334 0075 2.
  • (Editor), Arguing for aid: Some Australian voices. Pacific Studies Monograph Nº 5. Kensington, Centre for South Pacific Studies, 1992. ISBN 0 7332 0204 6.
  • (Edited with John Connell), A World Perspective on Pacific Islander Migration: Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Pacific Studies Monograph Nº 6. Kensington, Centre for South Pacific Studies, 1993. ISBN 0 7334 0285 2
  • Rapanui. Tradition and Survival on Easter Island. Sydney: George Allen and Unwin, & Honolulu: The University Press of Hawaii, 1994. Second Revised Edition. ISBN 1-86373-668-9.
  • Rapanui. Tradición y sobrevivencia en Isla de Pascua. Translated by Ana Betty Haoa Rapahango, with Louise Noel and Elena Carro Lalanne. Los Osos, Easter Island Foundation, 1998. ISBN 1-880636-15-8.

Articles and chapters in books

  • 1967. “The Basques”. Viltis (USA), December 1967: Pp. 7–10.
  • 1968. “Los vascos y los estudios linguisticos comparativos”. Boletin del Instituto–Americano de Estudios Vascos (Buenos Aires) Nr. 73 (1968): Pp. 59–64.
  • 1970. “The Txistulari in Basque Culture”. Journal of Popular Culture. Vol. 3 (1970): Pp. 468–479.
  • 1970. “American Anthropological interest and prospects in Basque studies”. Current Anthropology Vol. 11 (Nº 2, April 1970): Pp. 161–164.
  • 1970. “Voluntary associations and human aggregation”. Proceedings of the 6. Nordiske Etnografmøde Vol. 11 (1970): Pp. 57–80.
  • 1971. “The anthropology of decimalisation”. New Society 11 February, Nº 437: Pp. 224-226.
  • 1971. “The rubbish of racism”. Journal of the Anthropological Society of Oxford Vol. 2 (1971): Pp. 92–96.
  • 1973. “Scandinavia’s NEFA”. Current Anthropology Vol. 14 (Nº 1 & 2, February–April 1973): Pp. 65–72.
  • 1975. “Lo pirena'co en lo polinesio?”. Boletin del Instituto de Estudios Vascos Nr. 100 (1975): Pp. 195–199.
  • 1975. “Sympathy and antipathy in Easter Islander and Chilean relations”. Journal of the Polynesian Society Vol. 84 (Nº 4, December 1975): Pp. 467–476.
  • 1976. “European impact on Easter Island. Response, recruitment and the Polynesian experience in Peru”. Journal of Pacific History Vol. 11 (1976): Pp. 90–105.
  • 1980. “Four worlds of experience and action”. In Leslie Wolf–Phillips, Peter Worsley, S.D. Muni, Joseph L. Love, and Grant McCall, Why `Third World'? Third World Foundation Monograph Nº 7. London: Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, 1980. issn 906041–50–3.
  • 1981. “Association and power in reciprocity and requital: More on Mauss and the Maori”. Oceania Vol. 52 (1981): Pp. 303–319.
  • 1982. “Sociology and social anthropology in a developing context: The
    case of The University of the South Pacific, Fiji”. In Jukka Siikala (ed.), Essays in Honour of Aarne A. Koskinen. Transactions of the Finnish Anthropological Society Nº 11. Helsinki: The Finnish Anthropological Society, 1982. Pp. 91–108.
  • 1983. “Politics on Rapanui”. In R.G. Crocombe (ed.), Politics in Polynesia. Suva: Institute of Pacific Studies and the South Pacific Sciences Association, 1983. Pp. 239–253.
  • 1983. “Anthropology”. In Richard Appleton (ed.), [[i||The Australian Encyclopaedia]. Fourth Edition. Sydney: Grolier Society of Australia, 1983. Pp. 84–86.
  • 1994. “Rapanui Images”. Pacific Studies Vol. 17 (Nº 2, 1994): Pp. 85–102.
  • 1994. “Little Ice Age: Some proposals for Polynesia and Rapanui (Easter Island)”. Journal de la Société des Océanistes 98 (1, 1994): 99–104 (revised version of Rapa Nui Journal article).
  • 1994. “Nissology: The study of islands”. Journal of the Pacific Society 17, (Nº 2–3, Nº 63–64, October 1994): 1–14.
  • 2000. “A question of audience: The effects of what we write”. In Sjoerd R. Jaarsma & Marta A. Rohatynskyi (eds), Ethnographic artifacts. Challenges to a reflexive anthropology. Honolulu, University of Hawaii Press. 2000. Pp. 61-85.
  • 2006. “Rapanui: Traum und Alptraum. Befachtungen zur Konstruktion von Inseln”. In Heide Weinhäupl & Margit Wolfsberger (ed), Trauminseln? Tourismus und Alltag in “Urlaubsparadiesen”. Vienna, Lit Verlag. Pp. 263-278.
  • 2008. “Another (unintended) legacy of Captain Cook? The evolution of Rapanui (Easter Island) tourism”. In John Connel & Barbara Rugendyke (eds), Tourism at the grassroots: Villagers and visitors in the Asia Pacific. London, Routledge. Pp. 41-57.
  • 2009. “Rapanui”. In Rosemary Gillespie (ed), The Encyclopaedia of Islands. Berkeley, University of California Press. Pp. 244-251.
  • 2010. “The end of the world at the end of the earth: Retrospective eschatology on Rapanui (Easter Island)”. Anthropology and the Ends of Worlds. Symposium Online Publication 2010. General website: http://anthroendsofworlds.wordpress.com.
  • 2011. Review Article: “Exploring Easter Island” Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute (N.S.) 17(2): 394-406.
  • 2012 & Max Quanchi. “Teaching the Pacific in the Pacific: An Anthropology & Pacific History fieldwork course”. In Frédéric Angleviel (ed), Proceedings of the Nouméa Conference of the Pacific History Association. Nouméa, University of New Caledonia Press. (pages TBA)
  • 2013. “Finding a place for peace”. World Environment and Island Studies 3(2, December 30): 33- 46.
  • 2014 (with Petra Campbell and Angelique Easton). “Impacts to tourism and loss of cultural heritage from climate change and adaptation recommendations” Rapa Nui Journal 28(2, October): 74-80.
  • 2014 (with Max Quanchi). “December 15: Tragedy, commemoration and youth on Rabi Island” (under review for publication in The Contemporary Pacific).

Works in Progress

  • 2012. Hakaara rapanui. Santiago, Museum Press. (single authored monograph)
  • 2013. Matamua. The changing face of culture on Easter Island. Honolulu, University of Hawai’i Press. (single authored monograph)
  • 2014. Nissology. The study of islands on their own terms. Publisher TBA (single authored monograph)