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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.

Keywords: Physical anthropology | Applied anthropology | Social anthropology | Functionalism | Modern ethnography | Colonialism | Second World War | 20th century | Papua New Guinea | Australia | Melanesian studies | Polynesian studies | Bronislaw Malinowski | Radcliffe-Brown

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