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A Cautious Silence

The Politics of Australian Anthropology

By Geoffrey Gray

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Format: Paperback, 293 pages
Published In: Australia, 01 August 2007
This is the first exploration of modern Australian social anthropology which examines the forces that helped shaped its formation. In his new work, Geoffrey Gray reveals the struggle to establish and consolidate anthropology in Australia as an academic discipline. He argues that to do so, anthropologists had to demonstrate that their discipline was the predominant interpreter of Indigenous life. Thus they were able, and called on, to assist government in the control, development and advancement of Indigenous peoples. Gray aims to help us understand the present organisational structures, and assist in the formulation of anthropology's future role in Australia; to provide a wider political and social context for Australian social anthropology, and to consider the importance of anthropology as a past definer of Indigenous people. Gray's work complements and adds to earlier publications: Wolfe's Settler Colonialism and the Transformation of Anthropology, McGregor's Imagined Destinies and Anderson's Cultivating Whiteness.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Problematising the Native; The measurement of people; Help us to convince governments of our value; Researchers will not 'cause difficulties in the field or after'; Mr Neville did all in his power to assist; A deep-seated aversion or a prudish disapproval?; Preserving Aborigines?; It is not possible for conditions to remain as they are; Managing the impact of war; There is no point sniping at the government; Index.

About the Author

Geoffrey Gray is Research Fellow, Tradition and Transformation at AIATSIS, and Honorary Research Associate at the School of Historical Studies, Monash University. Gray has published widely on topics including anthropology, academic freedom, race and racism, colonialism, citizenship and native title.


"I expect that this book will generate considerable debate, round out opinions and add new interpretations...Let the stories be told." --Diane Bell Professor Emerita, George Washington University, USA; Professor of Anthropology, University of Adelaide

EAN: 9780855755515
ISBN: 0855755512
Publisher: Aboriginal Studies Press
Dimensions: 23.37 x 15.24 x 2.29 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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