Christmas Island: An Anthropological Study

by Simone Dennis

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments


Introduction

Being on Christmas Island

A Place in Movements

Animal movement

Into liminal terrain

Arriving by boat into (un)Australia

Being local on Christmas Island

Leaving Home

A Moving disciplinary orientation


Chapter 1: An ethnographic introduction to Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, Australia.

Finding Christmas Island

Island Places

Some notes on sensual movement


Chapter 2: The more than human world of Christmas

Chromatic Variance

Gold

Blue

Red

Walking, listening and remembering with animals

Animals in Analysis

Animals, movement and metaphor

Animals and claims to place

Food, animals and borders


Chapter 3: Staying and Moving in Local Places

How to make a neighbourhood

Making locals on Christmas Island

The sensual past in the present body

Labour and reliably local locals

Running on local status: government elections

Future labour, future movement


Chapter 4: Moving Between Places

Of Borders

National angst, national borders

The safe interior: constructing islandic borders

Island metaphors and dangers from over the water

Internal borders

Sensual divisions

Crossing the internal divide: pan islandic crabs


Chapter 5: Leaving Christmas Island

Away

Lost

Seeking same

Almost found

Leaving it all behind


Chapter 6: Conclusion


Bibliography

Index

 

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