Dr Jeremy Beckett


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Biographical details

Jeremy Beckett taught anthropology at the University of Sydney from 1966 to 1994, with periods as a Visiting Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center (between 1968 – 1988), ANU (1977 and 1993), New York University (1988), and the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.

He has carried out long term field research with both Australian Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. This work has focussed on Indigenous disadvantage in rural Australia, native title recognition and autonomy in Torres Strait, and the contextualisation of Indigenous identities in the postcolonial world. In the 1970s he undertook research with with Magindanaon, a Muslim minority in the Philippines. This project was terminated by the continuing insurgency. He has also spent periods in Mexico and Scandinavia, reading the work of local anthropologists on their Indigenous minorities. In addition he has made a study of the emerging Pan-Indigenous movement, and has contributed to ethnomusicological research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island groups.

Jeremy Beckett was an expert witness at the Supreme Court hearings in the Mabo case, and has recently been an expert witness in the ongoing Torres Strait sea rights case.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Beckett, J., Hercus, L. (2009). The Two Rainbow Serpents Travelling: Mura track narratives from the Corner Country. Canberra, Australia: ANU E Press.

Edited Books

  • Hinkson, M., Beckett, J. (2008). An Appreciation of Difference: W.E.H.Stanner and Aboriginal Australia. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Book Chapters

  • Beckett, J. (2010). From island to mainland: Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian labour force. In Ian Keen (Eds.), Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies: Historical and anthropological perspectives, (pp. 63-72). Canberra: ANU E Press.
  • Beckett, J. (2010). National Anthropologies and their Problems. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 32-44). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.
  • Beckett, J., Hinkson, M. (2008). 'Going more than half way to meet them': On the life and legacy of WEH Stanner. In M Hinkson, J Beckett (Eds.), An Appreciation of Difference: W.E.H.Stanner and Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 1-23). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
  • Beckett, J. (2008). Frontier Encounter: Stanner's Durmugam. In M Hinkson, J Beckett (Eds.), An Appreciation of Difference: W.E.H.Stanner and Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 89-101). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
  • Beckett, J. (2001). Autobiography and Testimonial discourse in Myles Lalor's 'oral history'. In Bain Attwood & Fiona Magowan (Eds.), Telling Stories: Indigenous History and Memory in Australia and New Zealand, (pp. 123-142). Australia: Allen and Unwin.

Journals

  • Mua, M., Beckett, J. (2014). Taibobo: Dancing over the Oceans, from Rotuma to Torres Strait and Back Again. Oceania, 84(3), 331-341. [More Information]
  • Beckett, J. (2012). Returned to Sender: Some Predicaments of Re-indigenisation. Oceania, 82(1), 104-112. [More Information]
  • Beckett, J. (2008). Laughing with, Laughing at, among Torres Strait Islanders. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 295-302. [More Information]
  • Beckett, J. (2002). Some aspects of Continuity and Change Among Anthropologists in Australia or 'He-Who-Eats-From-One-Dish-With-Us-With-One-Spoon'. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, , 127-138.
  • Beckett, J. (2001). "This music crept by me upon the waters". Perfect Beat:the Pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture, Vol 5, No 3, 75-99.
  • Beckett, J. (2001). Against the Grain: fragmentary memories of anthropology in australia, 1956-1970. Oceania, 51, 83-107.

2014

  • Mua, M., Beckett, J. (2014). Taibobo: Dancing over the Oceans, from Rotuma to Torres Strait and Back Again. Oceania, 84(3), 331-341. [More Information]

2012

  • Beckett, J. (2012). Returned to Sender: Some Predicaments of Re-indigenisation. Oceania, 82(1), 104-112. [More Information]

2010

  • Beckett, J. (2010). From island to mainland: Torres Strait Islanders in the Australian labour force. In Ian Keen (Eds.), Indigenous Participation in Australian Economies: Historical and anthropological perspectives, (pp. 63-72). Canberra: ANU E Press.
  • Beckett, J. (2010). National Anthropologies and their Problems. In J. Altman and M. Hinkson (Eds.), Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 32-44). Sydney: University of New South Wales (UNSW) Press.

2009

  • Beckett, J., Hercus, L. (2009). The Two Rainbow Serpents Travelling: Mura track narratives from the Corner Country. Canberra, Australia: ANU E Press.

2008

  • Beckett, J., Hinkson, M. (2008). 'Going more than half way to meet them': On the life and legacy of WEH Stanner. In M Hinkson, J Beckett (Eds.), An Appreciation of Difference: W.E.H.Stanner and Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 1-23). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
  • Hinkson, M., Beckett, J. (2008). An Appreciation of Difference: W.E.H.Stanner and Aboriginal Australia. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
  • Beckett, J. (2008). Frontier Encounter: Stanner's Durmugam. In M Hinkson, J Beckett (Eds.), An Appreciation of Difference: W.E.H.Stanner and Aboriginal Australia, (pp. 89-101). Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.
  • Beckett, J. (2008). Laughing with, Laughing at, among Torres Strait Islanders. Anthropological Forum, 18(3), 295-302. [More Information]

2002

  • Beckett, J. (2002). Some aspects of Continuity and Change Among Anthropologists in Australia or 'He-Who-Eats-From-One-Dish-With-Us-With-One-Spoon'. The Australian Journal of Anthropology, , 127-138.

2001

  • Beckett, J. (2001). "This music crept by me upon the waters". Perfect Beat:the Pacific journal of research into contemporary music and popular culture, Vol 5, No 3, 75-99.
  • Beckett, J. (2001). Against the Grain: fragmentary memories of anthropology in australia, 1956-1970. Oceania, 51, 83-107.
  • Beckett, J. (2001). Autobiography and Testimonial discourse in Myles Lalor's 'oral history'. In Bain Attwood & Fiona Magowan (Eds.), Telling Stories: Indigenous History and Memory in Australia and New Zealand, (pp. 123-142). Australia: Allen and Unwin.

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