Subjects of Benevolence: Concepts of Society and Civilisation in Early Colonial Indigenous Administration

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Title Subjects of Benevolence: Concepts of Society and Civilisation in Early Colonial Indigenous Administration
Author Buchan, Bruce Alexander
Journal Name Journal of Australian Studies
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Perth, WA
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Abstract Early British colonization in Australia was characterized by European efforts to 'civilise' the Indigenous inhabitants. Civilisation denoted superiority based on the possession of the trappings of civilized life, property, rights, ordered government, settled laws, and a civil society. In this paper, I want to examine one important, if often overlooked element of this language of civilization in early colonial Australia, specifically, the concept of 'society'. In particular, I want to focus attention on the idea, often expressed in early colonial and government policy, that the British were 'fitting' the Indigenous peoples of Australia for 'society'. In this way, I want to suggest that understanding the history of this central concept in Western social science and political theory requires an acknowledgement of its development within the colonial and imperial context.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/rjau
Alternative URI http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=171944465983835;res=E-LIBRARY
Volume 85
Page from 37
Page to 48
ISSN 1444-3058
Date Accessioned 2006-01-19
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Faculty of Arts
Subject PRE2009-History: Australian
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/4174
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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