Racial Thought at the End of the World

Racial Thought at the End of the World

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Only two decades after colonists disembarked on the banks of the Yarra River, Melbourne became a marvel to behold as the discovery of gold propelled spectacular colonial development and, unsurprisingly indigenous destruction. Melbourne was a quintessential 'boom city' of empire, dramatizing anxieties about these speedy transformations and their correlative destructions whilst also producing new regimes of governance to manage this unsettling progress. Anthropologists from across the world watched these ethnographic explorations with interest. Through a collective biography of this intellectual community, Racial Thought at the End of the World will reveal the ways in which ideas from this small colonial outpost reverberated across the British world. The book examines how a thriving community of anthropologists employed the new science of anthropology to ask and answer deep moral questions about the relationship between settlers and Indigenous peoples, and how Indigenous peoples and communities employed this anthropological interest to carve out fragile spaces to exert agency over their own lives.
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  • Hardback | 277 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 0522870201
  • 9780522870206

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Lynette Russell is an Australian ResearchCouncil Professorial Fellow, and Director of the Monash Indigenous Centre, Monash University. Leigh Boucher is a Lecturer in Modern History at Macquarie University. He has published extensively on the history of settler colonialism, the history of liberal governance, and the use of biography in historical writing.
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