British anthropological thought in colonial practice: The appropriation of Indigenous Australian bodies, 1860-1880

Turnbull, Paul (2008). British anthropological thought in colonial practice: The appropriation of Indigenous Australian bodies, 1860-1880. In Bronwen Douglas and Chris Ballard (Ed.), Foreign bodies: Oceania and the science of race 1750-1940 (pp. 205-228) Canberra, Australia: ANU E Press.

Author Turnbull, Paul
Title of chapter British anthropological thought in colonial practice: The appropriation of Indigenous Australian bodies, 1860-1880
Title of book Foreign bodies: Oceania and the science of race 1750-1940
Place of Publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher ANU E Press
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
ISBN 9781921313998
9781921536007
Editor Bronwen Douglas
Chris Ballard
Chapter number 4
Start page 205
End page 228
Total pages 24
Total chapters 5
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Within Australian historiography, the procurement of indigenous Australian ancestral remains by European scientists has generally been explained as resulting from the desire to produce evidence refining the core assumptions of Darwinian theory. I have argued elsewhere (1998, 1999) that the procurement of anatomical specimens through desecration of indigenous burial places in fact began shortly after the establishment of the penal settlement of New South Wales in 1788. It also seems clear that from the early 1880s indigenous burial places were plundered with a view to producing knowledge that would answer various questions about the origins and nature of racial difference that emerged as a consequence of the rapid and widespread assent given Darwinian evolutionary theory (Turnbull 1991). [extract]
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