BOOK: The Ethnography of Charles Darwin: A Study of His Writings on Aboriginal Peoples

The Ethnography of Charles Darwin

The Ethnography of Charles Darwin

The Ethnography of Charles Darwin: A Study of His Writings on Aboriginal Peoples by Charles de Paolo, a professor of English at Manhattan Community College, the City University of New York,  is to be published in February 2010. From the publisher:

Because of his stature as one of the great minds of the nineteenth century, Darwin and his work have been examined from almost every conceivable angle. As a result, there has been much critical disagreement on his thoughts regarding the dignity of man, particularly of aboriginal peoples. This book attempts to reconcile the prevailing dual visions of Darwin as racist and as humanitarian. By consolidating Darwin’s fragmentary ethnographic writings, the text charts his switch from early resignation regarding the victimization of native tribes to advocacy for their plight on the basis of demographic, biological, and behavioral evidence. While recognizing the differences between modern Europeans and primitive communities, Darwin developed a firm belief in the dignity of man and ultimately viewed the exploitation of aboriginal peoples as morally indefensible.

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