The Cultivation Of Whiteness by Warwick Anderson
Science, Health, And Racial Destiny In Australia

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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.

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Warwick Anderson teaches at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he is Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics; Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Population Health; and Professor of the History of Science, Science and Technology Studies, and Southeast Asian Studies. He is the author of Colonial Pathologies: American Tropical Medicine, Race, and Hygiene in the Philippines, also published by Duke University Press.
Published May 9, 2003 by Basic Books. 400 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Anderson, an Australian now teaching the history of health sciences at the University of California, meticulously chronicles scientific ideas about race in Australia from the early 1800s through WWII, in the context of changing models of disease, new theories about heredity and the continent's ma...

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