Sociobiology, Racism, and Australian Colonisation

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Title Sociobiology, Racism, and Australian Colonisation
Author Ardill, Allan Wilfred
Journal Name Griffith Law Review
Editor Kieran Tranter, Robert McQueen
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Griffith Law School
Abstract Sociobiology is a relatively modern science, but it is based on the very old premise that human beings are products of immutable laws of nature. For this reason, it can be shown that sociobiology is an idea that envelopes a family of biblical and scientific theories that have been shown to be ideologies for the justification of hierarchy and oppression over the course of recorded human history. This family of sociobiological theories depicts "race", and hierarchy based on race, as natural and inevitable. Here the argument is made that sociobiology is an ideology for the colonisation of Australia. Sociobiology is an ideology implicit in Australian legal doctrine and active in a continuing colonial process as a "justification" for the annexation of Australia in the late eighteenth century as well as the domination that took place after 1788 through dispossession, denial of sovereignty, and policies of assimilation and exploitation.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Griffith Law School. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 18
Issue Number 1
Page from 82
Page to 113
ISSN 1038-3441
Date Accessioned 2009-08-05
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Law and Legal Studies
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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