Honorary Associate Professor

Email: sackett@bigpond.com
Phone: (+61 7) 339 21001
Australian Mobile: 0417 895 922


BA (Anthropology), Fresno State College
MA (Anthropology), University of Oregon
PhD (Anthropology), University of Oregon

Professional Activities:

Fellow – Australian Anthropological Society
Fellow – Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies


Consultant Anthropologist, 1998 - Present
Manager (Land Tenure), Central Land Council, 1995-1998
Senior Lecturer (Anthropology), University of Adelaide, 1975-1995

Research Interests:

Aboriginal land tenure
Social organization
Drinking and drink rehabilitation programmes

Representative Publications:

Sackett, L. (2006). Anthropology purely applied. Paper presented at the 50 year anniversary of Anthropology, University of Western Australia. [PDF, 121kb]

Sackett, L. (1993) A Post-Modern Panopticon: The Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. Australian Journal of Social Issues 28:229-244.

Sackett, L. (1991) Promoting Primitivism: Conservationist Depictions of Aboriginal Australians. The Australian Journal of Anthropology 2:233-246.

Sackett, L. (1988) Resisting Arrests: Drinking, Development and Discipline in a Desert Context. Social Analysis 24:66-77.

Sackett, L. (1977) Confronting the Dreamtime: Belief and Symbolism in an Aboriginal Ritual. Ethnos 42:156-179.

Sackett, L. (1976) Indirect Exchange in a Symmetrical System: Marriage Alliance in the Western Desert. Ethnology 15:135-149.

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