Herbert Ian Priestley Hogbin (1904-1989), an Australian anthropologist born in England, is a representative of the “heroic” age of the discipline, although less famous than other pioneers of modern ethnography who also worked in the South Pacific islands between the wars. Hogbin’s research is characterized by the variety of his fields, which involve no less than five Oceanic communities, and the richness of his writings — nine monographs and many articles. Before and after the Second World War, Hogbin was involved in projects aimed at mitigating the impact of colonialism on indigenous populations, just as he was considering solutions that paved the way for autonomy or independence.
“An Accomplished Fieldworker: A Biography of H. Ian Hogbin ”
Geoffrey Gray, 2018
Herbert Ian Priestley Hogbin belongs to anthropology’s heroic age. He was a member of that brilliant between-the-wars generation – including Raymond Firth, Reo Fortune, Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson, Hortense Powdermaker and Douglas Oliver – who pioneered modern field research in the insular South Pacific. Hogbin would be remarkable in any period for the extent of his field research and the volume of his writings. He worked in no fewer than (...)