etropic: electronic journal of studies in the tropics

This journal was founded in 2002 in response to a developing innovative research interest in the tropics among scholars in the arts, social sciences and humanities at James Cook University, Australia. Following the establishment of etropic, a research focus on “People, Identity and Place” was formulated at James Cook University linking scholars in Anthropology, Archaeology, Economics, Education, English, History, Indigenenous and Torres Strait Island Studies, Literary Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Tourism Studies. The journal etropic provides a multi-disciplinary venue for the dissemination of new research work on the variety and interrelatedness of nature, culture, and society in tropical regions. This research is also the will be the focus of a new advanced institute of tropical studies at James Cook University, the Cairns Institute, which brings together local, national and international scholars in the field.

As an electronic journal supported by James Cook University, a major research institution located in the tropical north of Australia, etropic is able to reflect world-wide scholarly developments in this new and dynamic area of academic study. It is a fully refereed journal, under the general editorship of Dr Stephen Torre and a board of distinguished and experienced editorial advisers. Technically, the website complies with international W3C standards and is maintained on professional-level servers. etropic is archived on the National Library of Australia´s `Pandora Web Archive´ (

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ISSN 1448-2940
Editor: Stephen Torre

etropic is a fully refereed journal.

We acknowledge Aboriginal People and Torres Strait Islander People as the first inhabitants of the nation and acknowledge Traditional Owners of the lands where our staff and students, live, learn and work.