Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/36140
Type: Journal article
Title: Rage, reason and the honourable cause: a reply to Cowlishaw
Author: Sutton, P.
Citation: Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2005; 2:35-43
Publisher: Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
Issue Date: 2005
ISSN: 0729-4352
Statement of
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Peter Sutton
Abstract: In 2003 Gillian Cowlishaw published a confrontational attack on a paper that I had published earlier on the subject of 'The politics of suffering' in Aboriginal Australia. While this reply takes up and answers her main points, it also examines her writings more generally and comes to a critical view of the use of the anthropological literary framework in the pursuit of political ends. The politicisation of anthropological and historical writing on Indigenous themes in recent decades has focused unwarranted attention on the moral position of the author, and has been running in reverse gear against the long-term trend of secularisation and objectification encouraged in Western thought since the Enlightenment. I suggest it's time for a little classicism.
Rights: Copyright © 2005 Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
RMID: 0020062629
Published version: http://www.aiatsis.gov.au/asj/docs/Sutton_AAS0205.pdf
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