From site to text : Australian Aborigines and the origin of the family

Gardner, Helen Bethea 2010, From site to text : Australian Aborigines and the origin of the family, Itinerario, vol. 34, no. 3, pp. 25-38.

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Title From site to text : Australian Aborigines and the origin of the family
Author(s) Gardner, Helen BetheaORCID iD for Gardner, Helen Bethea
Journal name Itinerario
Volume number 34
Issue number 3
Start page 25
End page 38
Total pages 14
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0165-1153
Summary Missions were not simply sites of modernity, they were also the source of key data for the modernist theories of human progress. The idea that so called “primitive peoples” provided a window to the origins of human institutions seemed axiomatic to nineteenth-century theorists of human society who sought evidence for these ideas from settlers, administrators and particularly missionaries. The 1870s and 1880s were the high point of missionary engagement with study-bound anthropologists, as questionnaires and letters were sent from the centres to the edges of empires. Missionary responses, augmented with settler and explorer observations, became the footnotes in early anthropological texts on “primitive” societies. These analyses were then mined for the foundation texts of the other social sciences in the late nineteenth century. Along with many other scholars, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels read the anthropology of the period and slotted the findings into their analyses of human society.
Language eng
Indigenous content on
Field of Research 210313 Pacific History (excl New Zealand and Maori)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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