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'Preserving the Papuan': JHP Murray and doomed race theory in Papua New Guinea

Edmundson, Anna


This article provides a detailed account of the impact of depopulation theories on the administrative policies developed under JHP Murray in the Australian Territory of Papua (1908–40). It charts the rise of a colonial discourse that linked racial and cultural pathology to physical depopulation in the Pacific and explores how the same set of ‘scientific’ ideas – the doomed race theory – was applied differently to Papuan versus Aboriginal subjects under the wider rubric of Australian...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: History and Anthropology
DOI: 10.1080/02757206.2019.1689973


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