Foreign bodies : Oceania and the science of race 1750-1940

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Science, voyages and encounters in Oceania, by Bronwen Douglas Book 9 editions published in in English and held by WorldCat member libraries worldwide Spanning four centuries and vast space, this book combines the global history of ideas with particular histories of encounters between European voyagers and Indigenous people in Oceania Island Southeast Asia, New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

Douglas shows how prevailing concepts of human difference, or race, influenced travellers' approaches to encounters. Yet their presuppositions were often challenged or transformed by the appearance, conduct, and lifestyle of local inhabitants. The book's original theory and method reveal traces of Indigenous agency in voyagers' representations which in turn provided key evidence for the natural history of man and the science of race. In keeping with recent trends in colonial historiography, Douglas diverts historical attention from imperial centres to so-called peripheries, discredits the outmoded stereotype that Europeans necessarily dominated non-Europeans, and takes local agency seriously.

Foreign Bodies

Collecting in the South Sea : the voyage of Bruni d'Entrecasteaux Book 5 editions published in in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide This book is a study of 'collecting' undertaken by Joseph Antoine Bruni d'Entrecasteaux and his shipmates in Tasmania, the western Pacific Islands, and Indonesia. In Bruni d'Entrecasteaux led a French naval expedition in search of the lost vessels of La Perouse which had last been seen by Europeans at Botany Bay in March After Bruni d'Entrecasteaux died near the end of the voyage and the expedition collapsed in political disarray in Java, its collections and records were subsequently scattered or lost.

The book's core is a richly illustrated examination, analysis, and catalogue of a large array of ethnographic objects collected during the voyage, later dispersed, and recently identified in museums in France, Norway, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the United States. The focus on artefacts is informed by a broad conception of collecting as grounded in encounters or exchanges with Indigenous protagonists and also as materialized in other genres-written accounts, vocabularies, and visual representations drawings, engravings, and maps.

Historically, the book outlines the antecedents, occurrences, and aftermath of the voyage, including its location within the classic era of European scientific voyaging and within contemporary colonial networks.

Particular chapters trace the ambiguous histories of the extant collections. Ethnographically, contributors are alert to local settings, relationships, practices, and values; to Indigenous uses and significance of objects; to the reciprocal, dialogic nature of collecting; to local agency or innovation in exchanges; and to present implications of objects and their histories, especially for modern scholars and artists, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Foreign Bodies: Oceania and the Science of Race 1750-1940

Tattoo : bodies, art and exchange in the Pacific and Europe Book 4 editions published between and in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Traditional individuals? Gendered negotiations of identity, christianity and citizenship in Vanuatu 1 edition published in in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide.

Weak states and other nationalisms emerging Melanesian paradigms 1 edition published in in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. State, society and governance in Melanesia project review 1 edition published in in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide. Description From the 18th century, Oceania became the principal laboratory of raciology for scholars, voyagers, and colonisers alike.

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From the 18th century, Oceania became the principal laboratory of raciology for scholars, voyagers, and colonisers alike. By juxtaposing encounters and theory, this magisterial book explores the semantics of human difference in all its emotional, intellectual, religious, and practical dimensions. Foreign Bodies is a model of analysis and erudition from which historians of science and everyone interested in intercultural relations will greatly profit.