Anthropology and Tradition: A Contemporary Aboriginal Viewpoint
Wednesday 23 February from 5-6pm in ib3.307 on Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus
This Wednesday 23 February from 5-6pm in room ib3.307 on Deakin's Waurn Ponds campus the Deakin Philosophical Society will meet to discuss a 1987 essay by Noel Pearson and Mervyn Gibson entitled ‘Anthropology and Tradition: A Contemporary Aboriginal Viewpoint’. This brief excerpt will suffice as an introduction to the topic of the essay:
Anthropologists and other white people who have set themselves up as “experts” on Aboriginal society, such as missionaries and government officials, have contributed to the creation and perpetuation of the myths that now shackle Aboriginal society. This paper argues that Aboriginal society has internalised these myths, and that these myths are necessary to justify social exploitation by sections of the Aboriginal community.
The essay is available online at deakinphilosophicalsociety.com/texts/pearson-gibson/anthro.pdf. Hard copies are available on the door of my office, ic1.211 on the Waurn Ponds campus.
Please note that the DPS meeting finishes at 6pm to give people time to get to Philosophy Café.