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Lattas works on religious and political dynamics and sociocultural processes and have done fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, Australia and Greece.


Sant104 Culture, Meaning and Communication

Sant201. The Theory and History of Social Anthropology

Sant203 Religion, Rituals and Political Realities

Sant301. Anthropological research methodologies and theory development

Journal articles
  • Lattas, Andrew. 2014. Foucault, phenomenology and modernity in Melanesia. Oceania. 84: 88-94. doi: 10.1002/ocea.5040
  • Lattas, Andrew. 2013. Creating Creativity: Bruce Kapferer at Adelaide University. Religion and Society. 4: 12-20.

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

2010. Dreams, Madness, and Fairy Tales in New Britain. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press.

1998. Cultures of Secrecy: Reinventing Race in Bush Kaliai.  Madison:  University of Wisconsin Press.

Edited works
1996. Articulations of Memory: The Politics of Embodiment, Locality, and the Contingent. Special issue of Oceania, 66 (4).

1992. Alienating Mirrors: Christianity, Colonialism, and Cargo Cults in Melanesia. Special issue of Oceania, 63 (1).

2005.  [with Gary Kildea and Andrea Simon] Koriam's Law - and the dead who govern. 110 min. The film won the Royal Anthropological Institute Prize.

Chapters in anthologies
2010. Sexuality and Cargo Cults, in Stephen Hunt (ed.) Indigenous Religions. London: Ashgate.

2010. (with Barry Morris) The Politics of Suffering and the Politics of Anthropology, in J. Altman & M. Hinkson (eds) Culture Crisis: Anthropology and Politics in Aboriginal Australia. Sydney: UNSW Press.

2009. From Turko to Lebo: the Cronulla riot and the politics of Greekness, in Greg Noble (ed.) Lines in the Sand: The Cronulla Riots, Multiculturalism and National Belonging. Sydney: Institute of Criminology

2009. Cargo Cults and cognitive science: The dynamics of creativity in Pomio Kivung rituals, in Carole M. Cusack and Christopher H. Hartney (eds) Religion and Retributive Logic: Essays in Honour of Professor Garry W. Trompf. Leiden / Boston / Tokyo: Brill Academic Publishers, pp. 101-129.

2006. Reviewing the reviews: intellectual fields, the liberal state and the problem of alterity, in T. Lea, G. Cowlishaw and E. Kowal (eds) Moving Anthropology: Critical indigenous studie. Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, pp. 185-202.

2001. The Underground Life of Capitalism: Space, Persons and Money in Bali (West New Britain), in A. Rumsey and J. Weiner (eds) Emplaced Myth. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, pp. 161-88.

2000. Colonising the Other: Dreaming, Aboriginal Painting and White Man's Search for a Soul, in J. Marcus (ed.) Picturing the ‘Primitif,’. Sydney: LHR Press.

Articles in journals
[with Knut Rio] 2011. Securing modernity. Towards an ethnography of power in contemporary Melanesia. Oceania, 81(1): 1-21.

2011. Logging, violence and pleasure. Neoliberalism, civil society and corporate governance in West New Britain. Oceania 81(1): 88-107.

2010. (with Barry Morris) Embedded Anthropology and the Intervention. Arena, 107:15-20.

2007. "They always seem to be angry": the Cronulla Riot and the Civilising Pleasures of the Sun. TAJA, 18 (2): 301-320.

2007. Cargo Cults and the Politics of Alterity. Anthropological Forum, 17 (2): 149-161.

2006. Technologies of Visibility: The Utopian Politics of Cameras, Televisions, Videos and Dreams in New Britain. TAJA, 17 (1):  15-31

2006. The utopian promise of government. JRAI (NS), 12 (1): 129-150.

2005. Capitalizing on Complicity: Cargo Cults and the Spirit of Modernity on Bali Island (West New Britain). Ethnohistory, 52 (1): 47-80.

2001. Redneck Thought: Racism, Guilt and Aborigines. UTS Review, 7 (1):  106-124.

2000. Telephones, Cameras and Technology in West New Britain Cargo Cults. Oceania, 70 (4): 325-344.

2000. Racist beliefs versus Nationalist practices? Oceania, 70(3): 272-274.

1999. Neither Cargo nor Cult. Anthropological Forum, 9 (1): 107-112.

1996. Colonialism, Aborigines the Politics of Time and Space:  the Placing of Strangers and the Placing of Oneself. Social Analysis, 40: 20-42.

1996. Introduction: Mnemonic Regimes and Strategies of Subversion. Oceania, 66 (4): 257-65.

1996. Memory, Forgetting and the New Tribes Mission in West New Britain. Oceania, 66 (4): 286-304.

1996. Humanitarianism and Australian Nationalism in Colonial Papua:  Hubert Murray and the Project of Caring for the Self of the Coloniser and Colonised. TAJA, 7 (2): 141-65.

1993. Gifts, Commodities and the Problem of Alienation. Social Analysis, 34: 102-18.

1993. Essentialism, Memory and Resistance: Aboriginality and the Politics of Authenticity. Oceania, 63 (3): 240-67.

1993. Sorcery and Colonialism: Illness, Dreams, and Death as Political Languages in West New Britain. Man, 28 (1): 51-77.

1992. Wiping the Blood off Aboriginality: The Politics of Aboriginal Embodiment in Contemporary Intellectual Debate. Oceania, 63 (2): 160-4.

1992. The Punishment of Masks:  Ideologies of Representation in West New Britain Cargo Cults. Canberra Anthropology, 15 (2): 69-88.

1992. Primitivism, Nationalism, and Popular Culture:  Time Aboriginality and Contemporary Australian Culture. Journal of Australian Studies, December, 35: 45-58.

1992. Skin, Personhood and Redemption:  the Doubled Self in West New Britain Cargo Cults. Oceania, 63 (1): 27-54.

1992. Introduction. Hysteria, Anthropological Discourse and the Concept of the Unconscious: Cargo cults and the Scientisation of Race and Colonial Power. Oceania, 63 (1): 1-14.

1991. Nationalism, Aesthetic Redemption and Aboriginality. TAJA, 2 (3):307-24.

1991. Primitivism in Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus, i A. Yeatman (red.) Postmodern Critical Theorising. Spesialtugave av Social Analysis, 30: 98-115.

1991. Sexuality and Cargo Cults: The Politics of Gender and Procreation in West New Britain. Cultural Anthropology, 6 (2): 230-256.

1990. Aborigines and Contemporary Australian Nationalism:  Primordiality and the Cultural Politics of Otherness. Social Analysis, 27: 50-69.

1990. Poetics of Space and Sexual Economies of Power: Gender and the Politics of Male Identity in West New Britain. Ethos, 18: 71-102.

1989. Trickery and Sacrifice. Man: The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 24 (3): 451-469.

1987. Savagery and Civilisation:  Towards a Genealogy of Racism in Australian Society. Social Analysis, 21: 39-58.

1986. The Aesthetics of Terror and the Personification of Power:  Public Executions and the Cultural Construction of Class Relations in Colonial New South Wales. Social Analysis, 19: 3-22.

Book reviews
2009. Book review. Anthropological Knowledge, Secrecy and Bolivip, Papua New Guinea: Exchanging Skin, by T. Crook.  Ethnos, 74(3): 433 - 435

2007. Book review. Cargo, Cult, and Culture Critique. TAJA, 18 (3): 234-5.

2006. Book review. Becoming Sinners: Christianity and Moral Torment in a Papua New Guinea Society. TAJA, 17 (2): 367-9.

2006. Book review. Cargo Cult as Theatre: political performance in the Pacific, by Billings, Dorothy K. TAJA, 17 (1): 111-112.

2005. Book review. Secrecy and Cultural Reality: Utopian Ideologies of the New Guinea Men's House. The Contemporary Pacific, 17 (1): 240-43.

2003. Book review.  The Cunning of Recognition: Indigenous Alterities and the Making of Australian Multiculturalism. Oceania, 74 (1/2): 153-55.

1997. Book review . Hermes’ Dilemma & Hamlet’s Desire, by V. Crapanzano. Canberra Anthropology, 20 (1 & 2): 208-09.

1997. Book review. Language and Colonial Power, by Johannes Fabian. Canberra Anthropology, 20 (1 & 2): 206-07.

1996. Book review. Shamanism, Colonialism, and the Wild Man, by Michael Taussig. Canberra Anthropology, 19 (2): 97-9.

1996. Book review. Cargo Cult. Strange Stories of Desire from Melanesia and Beyond. Oceania, 66 (4): 328-30.

1995. Book review. Cargo Cult. Strange Stories of Desire from Melanesia and Beyond, by Lamont Lindstrom. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 1 (3): 646-8.

1995. Book review . Melanesian Religion by G W Trompf. Journal of Religious History, 19 (1) 116-8.

1995. Book review. Christianity in Oceania: Ethnographic Perspectives (ed.) J. Barker. TAJA, 6 (3): 220-2.

1994. Book review. Knowledge and Power in a South Pacific Society, by Lamont Lindstrom. American Ethnologist, 21 (4): 1028-9.

1993. Book review. Entangled objects: Exchange, Material Culture and Colonialism in the Pacific, by N. Thomas. Oceania, 64 (1): 94-6.

1992. Book review. Cultural Identity and Ethnicity in the Pacific, ed. by Jocelyn Linnekin and Lin Poyer. Oceania, 63: 94-5.

1991. Book review. Cartographies: Poststructuralism and the mapping of bodies and spaces, ed. by Rosalyn Diprose and Robyn Ferrell. TAJA, 2 (3): 334-6.

1991. Book review. Conversations with Claude Levi-Strauss, by Claude Levi-Strauss and Didier Eribson. TAJA, 2(3): 341-2.

1991. Book review. Cultural alternatives and a feminist anthropology: An analysis of culturally constructed gender interests in Papua New Guinea, by Frederick Errington and Deborah Gewertz. TAJA, 2 (3):336-7.

1991. Book review. Dual classification reconsidered: Nyamwezi sacred kingship and other examples, by Serge Tcherkezoff. TAJA, 2 (3): 338-9.

1991. Book review. Past and Present: The construction of Aboriginality, ed. by Jeremy Beckett. Oceania, 61 (3): 282-5.

1991. Book review. The Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea, by A. Weiner,  Oceania, 61 (3):276-8.

1990. Book review. Creating Culture: Profiles in the study of culture, ed. by D.J. Austin-Broos. Mankind, pp. 75-7.

1986. Book review. Elites: Ethnographic issues, ed. by G.E. Marcus. Mankind, August: 136-7.

1985. Book review. Michel Foucault and the subversion of intellect, by K. Racevskis. Mankind, December: 250.

1985. Book review. Consciousness and a causality:  A debate on the nature of the mind, by D.M. Armstrong and N. Malcolm. Mankind, December: 248-9.

1985. Book review . The Logic of Culture. Advances in structural theory and methods, ed. by Ino Rossi. Mankind, December: 249-50.

Regional focus: Papupa New Guinea, Australia, Greece

Tematisk: Traditional religion, Christianity, cargo cults, gender relations, masks and secrecy i Papua New Guinea, racism and ethnicity in Australia, sociocultural changes in Greece