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A Cautious Silence
A Cautious Silence

A Cautious Silence

The Politics of Australian Anthropology


304 Pages, 6 x 9 1/2

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $35.95 (US $35.95) (CA $39.95)

Publication Date: August 2007

ISBN 9780855755515

Rights: US & CA

Aboriginal Studies Press (Aug 2007)

Price: $35.95


The first exploration of modern Australian social anthropology, this study examines the forces that helped shaped its formation and reveals the struggles to establish and consolidate anthropology in Australia as an academic discipline. Once demonstrating that their discipline was the predominant interpreter of Indigenous life, anthropologists have assisted government in the control, development, and advancement of Indigenous peoples.


"I expect that this book will generate considerable debate, round out opinions and add new interpretations…Let the stories be told." —Diane Bell Professor Emerita, George Washington University, USA; Professor of Anthropology, University of Adelaide

Author Biography

Geoffrey Gray is a research fellow at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and an honorary research associate at the School of Historical Studies at Monash University.