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Type: Journal article
Title: Turn this water into wine
Author: Caruso, J.
Citation: Australian Feminist Studies, 2012; 27(73):279-287
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0816-4649
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Jennifer Caruso
Abstract: Since the continent of the Australian Aborigines was colonised, most commentary on the ‘natives’ was in terms of being child-like and that the state of being of the native personified the basic elements of nature. Over the twentieth century- while attempting simultaneously to preserve and extinguish the ‘tangible form’ and the ‘true nature’ of the Aborigine - much effort was directed towards biologically and socially transmuting the substance of the native into a mimicry of whiteness through the application of science and the employment of Christianity. The following is an explanatory treatise discussing a noteworthy grouping of interactions between a number of bureaucrats, politicians, missionaries and anthropologists who - although dedicated to constructing a new (white) existence for Aboriginal people - could never quite disengage from simplistic characterisations of the people for whom they were advocating.
Rights: © 2012 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0020121722
DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2012.705575
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