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Archaeology and aboriginal protest: the influence of Rhys Jones's Tasmanian work on Australian historiography

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Taylor, R, Archaeology and aboriginal protest: the influence of Rhys Jones's Tasmanian work on Australian historiography, Australian Historical Studies, 45, (3) pp. 331-349. ISSN 1031-461X (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Australian Historical Studies on 19 September 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1031461X.2014.948021

DOI: doi:10.1080/1031461X.2014.948021

Abstract

In 1977 archaeologist Rhys Jones asked a question that sparked a controversy: if Europeans had never reached Tasmania, had the Aborigines been nonetheless ‘doomed to a slow strangulation of the mind’? Some contemporaries accused Jones of reiterating nineteenth-century ‘Social Darwinism’, a charge Lyndall Ryan has recently renewed as ‘scientific racism’. In contrast, this article argues that Jones, a left-wing Welshman, intended to make a poetic comparison between the possible effects of isolation and a history of genocide. The assumption that genocide had ended in Tasmanian Aboriginal extinction potentially undermined Australia's earliest and most radical emergent indigenous movement. The controversy that followed was pivotal to Australian Aboriginal and academic relations, and has shaped fundamentally how Tasmanian, and Australian, history is written.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Tasmanian Aboriginal archaeology, history, protest history
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Objective Division:Indigenous
Objective Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
Objective Field:Conserving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and culture
UTAS Author:Taylor, R (Dr Rebe Taylor)
ID Code:135656
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2019-11-07
Last Modified:2019-12-04
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