Language, Culture and Science: Reflections on the Work of George Seddon

Trigger, David S. (2003) Language, Culture and Science: Reflections on the Work of George Seddon. Thesis Eleven, 74 1: 89-104. doi:10.1177/07255136030741007


Author Trigger, David S.
Title Language, Culture and Science: Reflections on the Work of George Seddon
Journal name Thesis Eleven   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0725-5136
Publication date 2003-08-01
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1177/07255136030741007
Open Access Status
Volume 74
Issue 1
Start page 89
End page 104
Total pages 16
Place of publication Clayton, VIC
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Subject 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Abstract This article discusses the work of George Seddon as a significant Australian intellectual whose writing on postcolonial settler-descendant relations with land and nature is a major contribution to academic and public life. Seddon’s originality lies partly in his bridging knowledge and expertise in both the humanities and sciences. However, while there is a reliance upon factual data drawn from geology, botany and zoology, Seddon’s analyses of language and culture can appear idiosyncratic and unsystematic in terms of social science methods. Based on introspection, the work might be considered ‘autoethnography’, though Seddon seeks to do more than tell stories about himself. In acknowledging both the brilliance and shortcomings of Seddon’s work, I present some examples of how it has stimulated my own research on the cultural implications of naming species and places in Australia.
Keyword culture
environment
ethnography
George Seddon
indigeneity
landscape
language
nature
science
textualism
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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