Cultivation of Whiteness Science, Health, and Racial Destiny in Australia

ISBN-10: 0822338408

ISBN-13: 9780822338406

Edition: 2006

Authors: Warwick Anderson

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"The Cultivation of Whiteness" is an award-winning history of scientific ideas about race and place in Australia from the time of the first European settlement through World War II. Chronicling the extensive use of biological theories and practices in the construction and "protection" of whiteness, Warwick Anderson describes how a displaced "Britishness" (or whiteness) was defined by scientists and doctors in relation to a harsh, strange environment and in opposition to other races. He also provides the first account of extensive scientific experimentation in the 1920s and 1930s on poor whites in tropical Australia and on Aboriginal people in the central deserts. "[Anderson] writes with passion, wit, and panache, and the principal virtues of "The Cultivation of Whiteness" are the old-fashioned ones of thoroughness, accuracy, and impeccable documentation. . . . [His] sensitive study is a model of how contentious historical issues can be confronted."--W. F. Bynum, "Times Literary Supplement" "One of the virtues of "The Cultivation of Whiteness" is that it brings together aspects of Australian life and history that are now more often separated--race and environment, blood and soil, medicine and geography, tropical science and urban health, biological thought and national policy, Aboriginality and immigration, the body and the mind. The result is a rich and subtle history of ideas that is both intellectual and organic, and that vividly evokes past states of mind and their lingering, haunting power."--Tom Griffiths, "Sydney Morning Herald "
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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 8/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

For twenty years Warwick Anderson, medical doctor and historian of science, has been studying kuru, those who were infected by the disease, and the scientists who identified and investigated it. He is the author of Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine and Racial Hygiene in the Philippines and The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health, and Racial Destiny in Australia.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Temperate South
Antipodean Britons
A Cultivated Society
The Northern Tropics
No Place for a White Man
The Making of the Tropical White Man
White Triumph in the Tropics?
Whitening the Nation
Aboriginal Australia
From Deserts the Prophets Come
The Reproductive Frontier
Conclusion: Biology and Nation
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliography of Works Cited
Index
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