Dr. Augustin Krämer: a German ethnologist in the Pacific

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Hugh Laracy en
dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Phyllis Herda en
dc.contributor.author Mönter, Sven en
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-04T01:13:40Z en
dc.date.available 2010-11-04T01:13:40Z en
dc.date.issued 2010 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/6050 en
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines the life of Dr. Augustin Friedrich Krämer (1865-1941), a key figure among early ethnologists of the Pacific. As a Marinearzt (Navy Surgeon) and naturalist and later as an ethnologist, Krämer visited the region on a number of occasions. Between the mid-1890s and 1911, he participated and engaged in five different and far-reaching expeditions to the Pacific. In doing so Krämer developed a keen interest in the peoples and cultures of Oceania. That interest found its expression not only in numerous publications and artefact collections on the region, but also in a lifelong interest in Völkerkunde (Ethnology) in general. The latter eventually saw him become Scientific Director of the Linden Museum in Stuttgart in 1911 and later lecturer for Völkerkunde and founder of the Ethnologisches Institut (Ethnological Institute) at the University of Tübingen in 1931. As such, Krämer has to be described as a pioneer ethnologist. However, whereas Krämer’s work is still held in high regards among Pacific Islanders and scholars interested in Oceania alike, his life and presence in the Pacific has escaped any wider attention. This fate applies also to Krämer’s contribution to development of Völkerkunde in Germany. By focusing on his travels and research in the Pacific, this thesis aims to provide a deeper understanding of the genesis and value of what he has left behind. In doing so it will also reassess the German contribution to the ethnological knowledge of Oceania. It thus provides a case study of the contribution of one German ethnologist to the wider history of the discipline, examining the intersection between the scientific endeavour and the colonial reality. en
dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA2074171 en
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dc.title Dr. Augustin Krämer: a German ethnologist in the Pacific en
dc.type Thesis en
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Auckland en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.name PhD en
dc.date.updated 2010-11-04T00:22:18Z en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en

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