Richard Feinberg

 Department of Anthropology

Kent State University

My research is in sociocultural anthropology, with a major ethnographic focus on Polynesian "outliers" in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.  In addition, I have worked with Native Americans and on problems related to American culture.  Areas of theoretical interest include: symbolic anthropology, kinship and social organization, indigenous seafaring and navigation, oral traditions, cultural politics and economic and political development.

Link to Professional CV

 Professional Associations

I am currently President of the Central States Anthropological Society and chair-elect of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania. In addition, I am a member of the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Cultural Anthropology, and the Polynesian Society.

Major Publications

Anuta: Social Structure of a Polynesian Island.  La'ie and Copenhagen: Institute for Polynesian Studies and the National Museum of Denmark.  1981. 

Polynesian Seafaring and Navigation: Ocean Travel in Anutan Culture and Society.  Kent,  Ohio: Kent State University Press. 1988.

Politics of Culture in the Pacific Islands (edited by R. Feinberg and L. Zimmer-Tamakoshi). Ethnology
34(2-3):89-209.  Special Issue. 1995.

Seafaring in the Contemporary Pacific Islands, edited by R. Feinberg.  DeKalb, Illinois.  Northern Illinois University Press.  1995.

Leadership and Change in the Western Pacific: Essays in Honor of Sir Raymond Firth, edited by R. Feinberg and K. A. Watson-Gegeo.  London School of Economics Monographs on Social Anthropology, Number 66.  London: Athlone Press.  1996.

Oral Traditions of Anuta: A Polynesian Outlier in the Solomon Islands.  Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics, Volume 15.  New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press.  1998.

 The Cultural Analysis of Kinship: The Legacy of David M. Schneider, edited by R. Feinberg and M. Ottenheimer.  Urbana: University of Illinois Press.   2001

Oceania: An Introduction to the Cultures and Identities of Pacific Islanders, by Andrew J. Strathern, Pamela Stewart, Laurence M. Carucci, Lin Poyer, Richard Feinberg, and Cluny Macpherson. Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press. 2002

Anuta: Polynesian Lifeways for the 21st Century. Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland Press. 2004

Course Syllabi

Problems in Cultural Anthropology 68230

Feinberg with chiefs from Anuta, a Polynesian community in the Solomon Islands.  Photographed in Honiara.  1973.
Five-year-old Vakangoto on Anuta.  Her name means 'Sunken canoe' commemorating a canoe that sank on a voyage to Patutaka in the year of her birth.  Photo taken in 1972. 

Pu Avatere from Anuta Island preparing traditional food in Honiara, the Solomon Islands capital.  Photo taken in 1993.

Outrigger canoe on Anutan beach.  Photographed in 1972.

Anutans performing taki dance in White River, outside of Honiara.  Photo taken in 1993.