The Cultivation of Whiteness
Science, Health and Racial Destiny in Australia
By (author) Warwick Anderson
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Cultivation of Whiteness by Warwick Anderson
Book DescriptionIn 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 denigration" of the white population in the new land, and medical and social scientists violated ethics and principles in pursuit of a more homogenized Australia. The Cultivation of Whiteness examines the notions of "whiteness" and racism, and introduces a whole new framework for discussion of the development of medicine and science. Warwick Anderson provides the first full account of the shocking experimentation in the 1920s and '30s on Aboriginal people of the central deserts--the Australian equivalent of the infamous Tuskegee Experiment. Lucid and entertaining throughout, this pioneering historical survey of ideas will help to reshape debate on race, ethnicity, citizenship, and environment everywhere.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780465003051
(235mm x 156mm x 32mm)
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 18-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Offers the comprehensive history of Australian medical and scientific ideas about race and place. This work examines the notion of 'whiteness' as a flexible category in scientific and public debates. It also provides an account of experimentation in the 1920s and 1930s on Aboriginal people in the central deserts.
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Author Biography - Warwick Anderson
Warwick Anderson is Director of the History of Health Sciences Program and Vice Chair of the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. Born in Australia, he now lives in San Francisco.
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