Settler Colonialism

Paperback | December 22, 1998

byPatrick Wolfe

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This work analyzes the politics of anthropological knowledge from critical perspective that alters existing understandings of colonialism. At the same time, it produces insights into the history of anthropology. Organized around an historical reconstruction of the great anthropological controversy over doctrines of virgin birth, the book argues that the allegation a great deal about European colonial discourse and little if anything about indigenous beliefs. By means of an Australian example, the book shows not only that the alleged ignorance was an artifact of the anthropological theory that produced it, but also that the anthropology was an artifact of the anthropological theory that produced it, but also that the anthropology concerned has been closely tied into both the historical dispossession and the continuing oppression of native peoples. The author explores the links between metropolitan anthropological theory and local colonial politics from the 19th century up to the present, settler colonialism, and the ideological and sexual regimes that characterize it.

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Settler Colonialism paints the history of anthropology from its beginnings in 19th-century Europe to the present day. Taking readers through the story of the European settlement of Australia and the history of Australian policies towards the aboriginals, the author details the anthropological theory that emerged from the political and ...

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This work analyzes the politics of anthropological knowledge from critical perspective that alters existing understandings of colonialism. At the same time, it produces insights into the history of anthropology. Organized around an historical reconstruction of the great anthropological controversy over doctrines of virgin birth, th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:258 pages, 9.24 × 6.2 × 0.5 inPublished:December 22, 1998Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0304703400

ISBN - 13:9780304703401

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Settler Colonialism paints the history of anthropology from its beginnings in 19th-century Europe to the present day. Taking readers through the story of the European settlement of Australia and the history of Australian policies towards the aboriginals, the author details the anthropological theory that emerged from the political and intellectual culture of Victorian England.