Race, Intimacy and Go-Betweens in French-West Papuan Encounters

Nicole Starbuck

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From the early modern age of discovery to the nineteenth-century
era of science, relations between European maritime explorers and
Indigenous peoples grew easier and the gaze explorers cast over the
bodies and behaviours of their ‘native’ hosts became far more focused;
yet paradoxically, scholars observe, explorers’ records of crosscultural
encounters increasingly obscured the agency and influence
of local individuals. Particularly in the case of French explorers,
who had an almost constant presence in Oceania from 1817 to 1840,
this development has been largely accounted for by the nature of
modern ethnographic knowledge production.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBrokers & Boundaries
Subtitle of host publicationColonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory
EditorsTiffany Shellam, Maria Nugent, Shino Konishi, Alison Cadzow
Place of PublicationCanberra
PublisherANU Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781760460129
ISBN (Print)9781760460112
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • French–West Papua
  • Indigenous peoples
  • European maritime explorers


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