By Melinda Hinkson, Jeremy Beckett
The paintings of well known Australian anthropologist WEH Stanner is given ancient and analytical context during this choice of contributions from a few of Australia’s top teachers within the box of Aboriginal reviews. informed through pioneers of anthropology, together with Bronislaw Malinowski, Stanner undertook paintings in Australia, Africa, and the Pacific, and helped to notify public understandings of Aboriginal ideals and faith, in addition to federal coverage in the direction of them. Demonstrating the continued relevance of his paintings in mild of present debates on Aboriginal affairs, this exam is a reminder of the numerous influence Stanner had not just on social technology yet at the complete international.
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Extra resources for An Appreciation of Difference: WEH Stanner and Aboriginal Australia
From the field to a desk In October 1943 Stanner was transferred to the Directorate of Research and Civil Affairs, located at Land Headquarters, Victoria Barracks, Melbourne. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and made Assistant Director of Research (Territories Administration). This was an appointment which he did not seek. Who was responsible for suggesting Stanner is unknown, though it was most likely Conlon, director of DORCA, who had experience of Stanner as a member of the Committee on National Morale.
28, 93). , pp. 27, 91). e. that Aborigines be allowed and helped to adapt freely of their own requirements and circumstances such white Australian practices as they consider to be of value to them (Coombs & Stanner 1974, p. 3). The election of the Whitlam government in 1972 galvanised the new policy platform into existence both in name and through a series of major legislative programs. 12 Howard’s comments quoted above regarding the failure of this policy approach go partly to the widespread (although not entirely accurate) perception that few improvements were realised in statistical measures at the national level of Aboriginal wellbeing over that period (see Altman et al.
In the opening sentence of his introduction to Whitewash: on Keith Windschuttle’s fabrication of Aboriginal history, Robert Manne (2003, p. 1) suggests that Stanner delivered ‘perhaps the most consequential lecture ever broadcast on the ABC’. Manne anchors his overview of the recent ‘history wars’ in a discussion of Stanner’s notion of the ‘great Australian silence’, illustrating the abiding cogency of that concept in the present. Likewise Noel Pearson sees Stanner as having articulated a set of timeless concerns.
An Appreciation of Difference: WEH Stanner and Aboriginal Australia by Melinda Hinkson, Jeremy Beckett