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Confronting "hybrids" in Oceania: Experience, Materiality and the Science of Race in France

Douglas, Bronwen


Fierce debates about racial crossing recurred in mid-19th-century French anthropology. This paper addresses the nexus of theory, field experience, and human materialities in scientific disputes about "hybrids". Diverse global theoretical positions on interracial unions are calibrated with two empirical/material registers: the reports, anatomical collections and anthropological syntheses made by French naval naturalists following encounters with Indigenous people during scientific voyages in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Revue d'Histoire des Sciences Humaines
DOI: 10.4000/rhsh.2499
Access Rights: Open Access via publisher site


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