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Swain, Tony

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Works: 8 works in 65 publications in 1 language and 3,145 library holdings
Genres: Bibliography  History 
Roles: Author
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Most widely held works by Tony Swain
The religions of Oceania by Tony Swain( )

20 editions published between 1994 and 2006 in English and held by 2,005 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

More than a quarter of the world's discrete religions are to be found in the regions of Australia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, together called Oceania. This is the first book to bring together up-to-date information on this great variety of traditional religious beliefs and practices, which have been profoundly influential on the theories and understandings of religion in general. A comprehensive survey of the changing and various religions in the Pacific zone, The Religions of Oceania documents traditional cultures and beliefs and examines indigenous Christianity and its wide influence across the region. It covers the backgrounds to and development of traditional religions, and includes analysis of the new religious movements generated by the response of indigenous peoples to colonists and missionaries, the best known of these being the so-called 'cargo-cults' of Melanesia. The authors present a thorough and accessible survey of the diversity of religious practices in the area, and provide clear interpretative tools and a mine of fascinating information to help the student better understand the world's most complex ethnographic tapestry
A place for strangers : towards a history of Australian Aboriginal being by Tony Swain( Book )

19 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 608 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Many of the elements ascribed to traditional Aboriginal beliefs and practices are the result of contact with external peoples -- Melanesians and Indonesians, as well as Europeans. This provocative book is the first detailed and continent wide study of the impact of outsiders on Australian Aboriginal worldviews. "A place for strangers" investigates Aboriginal myth, ritual, cosmology and philosophy, and also examines social organisation, subsistence patterns and cultural change. The author separates out a common core of religious belief which reflects a precontact spirituality of Australian Aborigines more concerned with place than any philosophy of time or origins. It is against this standard that the changes documented in subsequent chapters are measured. The book calls for a radical reinterpretation of all ethnographic data on Aboriginal peoples so that we can place our ethnographic evidence within the context of recent historical processes. This controversial book will prompt new debates about how Aboriginal Australians originally thought about reality. It will be of great interest to readers in anthropology, religious studies, comparative philosophy, Aboriginal studies and Australian history."--Back cover
Aboriginal religions in Australia : a bibliographical survey by Tony Swain( Book )

7 editions published in 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confucianism in China : an introduction by Tony Swain( Book )

7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Accessible survey of Confucianism from its earliest mythological origins, through its development throughout traditional China, and culminating with the position of Confucianism in the current day"--
Interpreting Aboriginal religion : an historical account by Tony Swain( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the reactions, attitudes and theoretical constructions of European explorers, missionaries and writers including Howitt, Spencer and Gillen, Lang, Frazer, Durkheim, Radcliffe-Brown, Warner, Stanner and Elkin
On understanding Australian Aboriginal religion by Tony Swain( Book )

3 editions published between 1985 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Interpreting Aboriginal religion : an historical a by Tony Swain( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A place for strangers-towards a history of Australian Aborigines Being by Tony Swain( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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The religions of Oceania
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A place for strangers : towards a history of Australian Aboriginal beingAboriginal religions in Australia : a bibliographical survey
Alternative Names
Swain, Tony, 1955-

Swain, Tony John 1955-

Languages
English (60)