By Warwick Anderson

The Cultivation of Whiteness is an award-winning background of clinical principles approximately race and position in Australia from the time of the 1st ecu cost via global conflict II. Chronicling the broad use of organic theories and practices within the development and “protection” of whiteness, Warwick Anderson describes how a displaced “Britishness” (or whiteness) was once outlined by means of scientists and medical professionals when it comes to a harsh, unusual surroundings and against different races. He additionally presents the 1st account of intensive medical experimentation within the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties on terrible whites in tropical Australia and on Aboriginal humans within the imperative deserts.

“[Anderson] writes with ardour, wit, and panache, and the significant virtues of The Cultivation of Whiteness are the old fashioned ones of thoroughness, accuracy, and impeccable documentation. . . . [His] delicate research is a version of ways contentious old matters could be confronted.”—W. F. Bynum, Times Literary Supplement

“One of the virtues of The Cultivation of Whiteness is that it brings jointly features of Australian existence and heritage which are now extra frequently separated—race and atmosphere, blood and soil, medication and geography, tropical technology and concrete future health, organic idea and nationwide coverage, Aboriginality and immigration, the physique and the brain. the result's a wealthy and sophisticated historical past of principles that's either highbrow and natural, and that vividly conjures up previous states of brain and their lingering, haunting power.”—Tom Griffiths, Sydney Morning Herald

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