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Indigenous Rights and Colonial Subjecthood
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1. Protection and the ends of colonial governance; 2. Creating Aboriginal subjects of the Crown; 3. Distinctive designs: local arenas of protection; 4. Protector magistrates: mediating labour and law; 5. Intimate encounters with protection; 6. Recasting protection from rights to surveillance; Conclusion: protection and reform in the British Empire.

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An exploration of how policies protecting indigenous people's rights were entwined with reforming them as governable subjects, including through punishment under the law.

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Amanda Nettelbeck is Professor of History at the University of Adelaide and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her many publications include Intimacies of Violence in the Settler Colony (2018), co-edited with Penelope Edmonds, and Violence, Colonialism and Empire in the Modern World (2017), co-edited with Philip Dwyer.

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'This tremendously erudite book unveils the power of colonial protection policies. Protection, Nettelbeck insists, was a double-edged sword. A humanitarian project to mitigate the worst effects of colonization, it entailed the subjection of indigenous peoples to British law, the policing of their behaviour and the loss of their sovereignty. This important book should be read by everyone interested in imperialism.' Alan Lester, University of Sussex
'Ranging confidently across Britain's nineteenth-century empire, Nettelbeck remains constantly attuned to local practices of settler coercion and indigenous resistance as she charts the evolution of indigenous 'protection'. This arresting study reveals how humanitarian concerns and the imperatives of colonial governance not only comfortably co-existed, but were actually inextricably entwined.' Zoe Laidlaw, University of Melbourne
'Finding coherence in Britain's governance of its sprawling empire has challenged historians. Amanda Nettelbeck is one of Australia's foremost historians of colonial frontier relations. With this fine book, she shows how 'protection' policies evolved along with legal regulation and coercion of indigenous subjects, leaving deep scars in settler colonial states.' Angela Woollacott, Australian National University
'Nettelbeck has produced a definitive study of the first decades of Aboriginal Protection in Australia and New Zealand that is deeply read, exhaustively researched and revelatory in its exploration of the relationship of antipodean protection with myriad cognates in the nineteenth-century British empire.' Lisa Ford, University of New South Wales
'... Nettelbeck provides an eye-opening analysis of the interactions of imperial policies and local circumstances in the initial diverse but converging attempts by Australian colonial administrations to effectively make indigenous peoples into legal subjects of the crown, and then later to legislate their existence.' S. Perreault, Choice
'This tremendously erudite book unveils the power of colonial protection policies. Protection, Nettelbeck insists, was a double-edged sword. A humanitarian project to mitigate the worst effects of colonization, it entailed the subjection of indigenous peoples to British law, the policing of their behaviour and the loss of their sovereignty. This important book should be read by everyone interested in imperialism.' Alan Lester, University of Sussex
'Ranging confidently across Britain's nineteenth-century empire, Nettelbeck remains constantly attuned to local practices of settler coercion and indigenous resistance as she charts the evolution of indigenous 'protection'. This arresting study reveals how humanitarian concerns and the imperatives of colonial governance not only comfortably co-existed, but were actually inextricably entwined.' Zoe Laidlaw, University of Melbourne
'Finding coherence in Britain's governance of its sprawling empire has challenged historians. Amanda Nettelbeck is one of Australia's foremost historians of colonial frontier relations. With this fine book, she shows how 'protection' policies evolved along with legal regulation and coercion of indigenous subjects, leaving deep scars in settler colonial states.' Angela Woollacott, Australian National University
'Nettelbeck has produced a definitive study of the first decades of Aboriginal Protection in Australia and New Zealand that is deeply read, exhaustively researched and revelatory in its exploration of the relationship of antipodean protection with myriad cognates in the nineteenth-century British empire.' Lisa Ford, University of New South Wales
'... Nettelbeck provides an eye-opening analysis of the interactions of imperial policies and local circumstances in the initial diverse but converging attempts by Australian colonial administrations to effectively make indigenous peoples into legal subjects of the crown, and then later to legislate their existence.' S. Perreault, Choice

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