The cultivation of whiteness : science, health and racial destiny in Australia

Anderson, Warwick, 1958-

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  • Creator Warwick Anderson
  • Format Books
  • Publication First edition. New York : Basic Books, [2003] ©2003
  • Physical Details
    • ix, 390 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • ISBNs 9780465003051, 0465003052
  • OCLC ocm51020410


  • "The Cultivation of Whiteness examines the notions of "whiteness" and racism, and introduces a whole new framework for discussion of the history of medicine and science. Anderson provides the first full account of the experimentation in the 1920s and '30s on Aboriginal people of the central deserts - experiments whose revelation compelled a major Australian university to publicly apologize to the Aboriginal people. This pioneering historical survey of ideas will help to reshape debate on race, ethnicity, citizenship, and environment everywhere."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 329-379) and index.


  • The Temperate South -- 1. Antipodean Britons -- 2. A Cultivated Society -- The Northern Tropics -- 3. No Place for a White Man -- 4. The Making of the Tropical White Man -- 5. White Triumph in the Tropics? -- 6. Whitening the Nation -- Aboriginal Australia -- 7. From Deserts the Prophets Come -- 8. The Reproductive Frontier -- Conclusion: Biology and Nation
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