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The race question in Oceania : A. B. Meyer and Otto Finsch between metropolitan theory and field experience, 1865-1914

Howes, Hilary Susan


This thesis examines the written, visual and material records produced by two late nineteenth-century German traveller-naturalists in Oceania, Adolf Bernhard Meyer (1840-1911) and Otto Finsch (1839-1917). I probe these records for traces of Indigenous agency and discuss the impacts of their authors' personal encounters with actual Oceanian people on their understandings of human difference, locating this discussion within the context of racial science in late nineteenth-century Europe and the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d5154f3eac25
Access Rights: Open Access


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