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The Aboriginal Male in the Enlightenment World
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  • Publisher: Pickering & Chatto
  • Online publication date: December 2014
  • Online ISBN: 9781848932173

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This is the first historical study of indigenous Australian masculinity. Using the reactions of eighteenth-century western explorers to Aboriginal men, Konishi argues that these encounters were not as negative as has been thought. Instead, a wide range of contemporary sources from colonial explorers is used to present a more nuanced view. Ideas about human difference, nature, ‘savagery’, sexuality, language and conflict are analysed and assessed. By examining the response to the Aboriginal body within these contexts, Konishi makes a significant contribution to the study of eighteenth-century European thought.


"'provides a thought-provoking and useful reference point for established and emerging scholars alike, and could be put to good use by academics lecturing or supervising research projects in Australian contact history.'"

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