The Resource Anthropology, Aboriginality and Aborignal rights, Bain Attwood

Anthropology, Aboriginality and Aborignal rights, Bain Attwood

Anthropology, Aboriginality and Aborignal rights
Anthropology, Aboriginality and Aborignal rights
Statement of responsibility
Bain Attwood
Argues Thomson's early experience with Aboriginal people lead him to identify with them and that they and their culture constituted his 'home' and lead him to champion their rights; outlines Thomson's early career; discusses Thomson's work as patrol officer with anthropological duties in Arnhem Land after Caledon Bay and Woodah Island killings; Thomson's report and recommendations to government which included segregation for tribal Aboriginal people as means to preserve their culture and to save them from extinction; proponents of assimilation; Thomson's campaigns for rights of Aboriginal people, changes in government policy and change in white superiority attitudes; supported assimilation for people of mixed descent; Thomson's reversal of attitude on assimilation for Aboriginal people in settled areas in late nineteen fifties; move towards Thomson's views by Aboriginal rights campaigners, drawing on Thomson's writings, in late nineteen sixties
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Biography type
individual biography
Attwood, Bain
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • Museum of Victoria
  • Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
  • Thomson, Donald F.
  • Elkin, A. P.
  • Australian National Research Council

Library Locations

    • Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)Borrow it
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