Foreign Bodies

Foreign Bodies

Oceania and the Science of Race 1750–1940

Edited by: Bronwen Douglas, Chris Ballard

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From the 18th century, Oceania became the principal laboratory of raciology for scholars, voyagers, and colonisers alike. By juxtaposing encounters and theory, this magisterial book explores the semantics of human difference in all its emotional, intellectual, religious, and practical dimensions. The argument developed is subtle, engrossing, and gives the paradigm of ‘race’ its full use value. Foreign Bodies is a model of analysis and erudition from which historians of science and everyone interested in intercultural relations will greatly profit.

— Claude Blanckaert, CNRS (Centre Alexandre Koyré), Paris, and Honorary President, French Society for the History of the Science of Man


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Oct 2008
ANU Press
Arts & Humanities: History; Social Sciences: Anthropology, Indigenous Studies, Other, Sociology
Australia; Pacific: Papua New Guinea, New Zealand

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Part One — Emergence: Thinking the Science of Race, 1750–1880

  1. Climate to Crania: science and the racialization of human difference (PDF, 660KB)Bronwen Douglas doi

Part Two — Experience: the Science of Race and Oceania, 1750–1869

  1. ‘Novus Orbis Australis’: Oceania in the science of race, 1750–1850 (PDF, 1.9MB)Bronwen Douglas doi
  2. ‘Oceanic Negroes’: British anthropology of Papuans, 1820–1869 (PDF, 2.0MB)Chris Ballard doi

Part Three — Consolidation: the Science of Race and Aboriginal Australians, 1860–1885

  1. British Anthropological Thought in Colonial Practice: the appropriation of Indigenous Australian bodies, 1860–1880 (PDF, 164KB)Paul Turnbull doi
  2. ‘Three Living Australians’ and the Société d’Anthropologie de Paris, 1885 (PDF, 602KB)Stephanie Anderson doi

Part Four — Complicity and Challenge: the Science of Race and Evangelical Humanism, 1800–1930

  1. The ‘Faculty of Faith’: Evangelical missionaries, social anthropologists, and the claim for human unity in the 19th century (PDF, 166KB)Helen Gardner doi
  2. ‘White Man’s Burden’, ‘White Man’s Privilege’: Christian humanism and racial determinism in Oceania, 1890–1930 (PDF, 689KB)Christine Weir doi

Part Five — Zenith: Colonial Contradictions and the Chimera of Racial Purity, 1920–1940

  1. The Half-Caste in Australia, New Zealand, and Western Samoa between the Wars: different problem, different places? (PDF, 914KB)Vicki Luker doi


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