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Rum, Seduction and Death: 'Aboriginality' and Alcohol
Vol. 63, No. 3, The Politics of Representation and the Representation of Politics (Mar., 1993), pp. 195-206
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40331333
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Racism is here examined in relation to its origins in the colonial culture and in the motivations and intents of the colonisers. It is contained in the metaphors and icons, onto which the stereotypical information is projected, which express fear and attempt to tame the native and turn him into a mendicant. Bennelong is shown as the first instance of the British constructing the image of the 'degenerate native' the 'drunken Aborigine' the 'urban Aborigine'. Whites are made innocent of the destruction of Aboriginal society because the Aborigines are 'drinking themselves to death'. This paper asks whether the notion of social pathology has allowed anthropologists to avoid dealing with the realities of Aboriginal social life.
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