The Cultivation Of Whiteness

Warwick Anderson
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The Cultivation Of Whiteness
The Cultivation Of Whiteness

Published

1 March 2005

ISBN

9780522851694

Weight

504g

Size

234mm x 154mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

The Cultivation Of Whiteness

Warwick Anderson
In this prize-winning study, Warwick Anderson offers the first comprehensive history of Australian medical and scientific ideas about race and place.

In nineteenth-century Australia, the main commentators on race and biological differences were doctors. But the medical profession entertained serious anxieties about the possibility of "racial degeneration" of the white population in the new land, and medical and social scientists dedicated themselves to the pursuit of a purified and vigorous white Australia.

The Cultivation of Whiteness examines the notions of 'whiteness' and racism, and introduces a whole new framework for discussion of the history of medicine and science. Anderson provides the first full account of the experimentation in the 1920s and '30s on Aboriginal people of the central deserts-experiments whose revelation compelled a major Australian university to publicly apologize to the Aboriginal people. Lucid and compelling throughout, this pioneering historical survey of ideas will help to reshape debate on race, ethnicity, citizenship, and environment everywhere.

In nineteenth-century Australia, the main commentators on race and biological differences were doctors. But the medical profession entertained serious anxieties about the possibility of "racial degeneration" of the white population in the new land, and medical and social scientists dedicated themselves to the pursuit of a purified and vigorous white Australia.

The Cultivation of Whiteness examines the notions of 'whiteness' and racism, and introduces a whole new framework for discussion of the history of medicine and science. Anderson provides the first full account of the experimentation in the 1920s and '30s on Aboriginal people of the central deserts-experiments whose revelation compelled a major Australian university to publicly apologize to the Aboriginal people. Lucid and compelling throughout, this pioneering historical survey of ideas will help to reshape debate on race, ethnicity, citizenship, and environment everywhere.

About the author

Warwick Anderson, a medical doctor and historian of science, was founder of the Centre for the Study of Health and Society at the University of Melbourne. He is now Turell Professor of Medical History and Population Health at the University of Wisconsin.

About Warwick Anderson

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