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Dr John Taylor Head of Dept Social Inquiry, Sociology

John Taylor (Jack) teaches and conducts research in anthropology, medical anthropology, gender studies, and the anthropology of tourism, and is Deputy Head of the Department of Social Inquiry and Chair of the LTU Pacific Research Community (PaRC). He is originally from Tokoroa (Aotearoa/NZ), and holds Bachelors and Master degrees from the University of Auckland and a PhD from the ANU (Canberra). His doctoral thesis, Ways of the Place: History, Cosmology and Material Culture in North Pentecost, Vanuatu, won the inaugural Australian Anthropological Society annual thesis prize. Before joining La Trobe in 2010 he held positions as ARC Postdoctoral Fellow at the ANU and Simon Research Fellow and the University of Manchester. He is currently completing an ARC Discovery Project examining belief contexts, healthcare seeking practices, and the lived experience of health and illness in the Western Pacific. His books include, The Other Side: Ways of Being and Place in Vanuatu (University of Hawai'i Press), and Consuming Identity: Modernity and Tourism in New Zealand (University of Auckland), and he is the editor/co-editor of Mobilities of Return: Pacific Perspectives (with Helen Lee), Touring Pacific Cultures (with Kalissa Alexeyeff), and Working Together in Vanuatu (with Nick Thieberger) (all ANU Press). As well as publishing numerous academic articles and book chapters, he is the editor/co-editor of several academic journal special issues, including Gender and Agency in the Pacific (Oceania) and Changing Pacific Masculinities (Oceania).


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