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The Cultivation of Whiteness: Science, Health and Racial Destiny in Australiaby Warwick Anderson
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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 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.
Book News Annotation:
Australian native Anderson (anthropology, history, and social medicine, U. of California at San Francisco; history, U. of California-Berkeley) examines the medical and scientific visions of what it meant to be white in Australia in the 19th and early-20th centuries. The author considers the role of science and medicine in giving expression to colonial settlers' concerns about racial displacement and territorial possession, how doctors framed ideas of race and country in explaining health and disease in a new land—in effect, the contributions science and medicine made toward setting Australia's racial agenda. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The winner of the first Basic Prize in History of Science is a controversial study of the rise of medicine in Australia and its relation to racial thinking
In this controversial study, 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.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 329-379) and index.
About the Author
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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