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Seaborne ethnography and the natural history of man

Douglas, Bronwen


This paper examines intellectual interchanges between European theorists in the science of man and sailors, naturalists and artists on scientific voyages in Oceania during the century after 1750. I argue that travellers' narratives and ethnographic representations were not mere reflexes of dominant metropolitan discourses, but were also personal productions generated in the tensions and ambiguities of cross-cultural encounters. I identify countersigns of indigenous agency embedded in such...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pacific History
DOI: 10.1080/0022334032000085792


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