This is an account of the remarkable life of Australia's first professor of anthropology, whose national and international reputation as a champion of the Aboriginal people is now the subject of considerable controversy. The Self-Made Anthropologist frees Elkin from the myths, contradictions and intense privacy that veiled his life; he stands now before us for judgement.
This is an account of the remarkable life of Australia's first professor of anthropology, the author of the immensely influential The Australian Aborigines, whose national and international reputation as a champion of the Aboriginal people, built over 50 years, is now the subject of considerable controversy.
Drawn from unpublished letters, diaries and documents, interviews with friends and foes, and many other sources, this fast-moving biography presents a compelling portrait of the real Elkin - a complex, angry, persistent, authoritarian figure, a man fiercely convinced that it was his duty to shape the lives and thoughts of his fellow Australians. This is a life played out against a background of the state and national politics of the Aboriginal issue, fierce academic rivalries, and the rise of a new profession.
The Self-Made Anthropologist frees Elkin from the myths, contradictions and intense privacy that veiled his 88 years; he stands now before us for judgement.
After graduating in English from the University of Sydney, Tigger Wise worked as an advertising copywriter before her interest in anthropology led to a post as a research assistant in Sydney University's Department of Anthropology. After gaining access to the Elkin papers, she decided to write his life. Among her current projects is another Australian biography.
Table Of Contents:
1 On the importance of genealogies and circumstances 1891-1908
2 False start 1908-1912
3 There's no such thing as a free lunch 1913-1918
4 Relief arrives from an unexpected quarter 1918-1922
5 Wollombi 1923-1925
6 Paying court: London 1925-1927
7 Field days 1927-1928
8 Can of worms: the great Aboriginal muddle 1929
9 Rites of passage 1929-1933
10 In the thick of it 1934-1939
11 With your questionnaire or on it 1939-1943
12 Great expectations 1943-1948
13 A separate headache: New South Wales
14 A fierce territorial instinct 1948-1956
15 The comfort of science 1956-1971
16 Of illness, the occult and the power of the human mind
17 'Properly old man' 1971-1979
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