Book Review. Racial Science and Human Diversity in Colonial Indonesia

Ruly Darmawan(1*), Noeranti Andanwerti(2)

(1) Institut Teknologi Bandung
(2) Universitas Tarumanegara
(*) Corresponding Author


This book which entitles ‘Racial Science and Human Diversity in Colonial Indonesia’ was written by Fenneke Sysling, a historian of science and Colonialism.  This book is published in 2016 by NUS Press, National University of Singapore, Singapore. This book provides an exposure of Western thinkers, especially in the field of physical anthropology, in mapping out the existing races in Indonesia.  Towards this mission, the Colonial scientists faced many obstacles in both technical and non-technical aspects.

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Goss, Andrew (2011), The Floracrats: State-Sponsored Science and the Failure of the Enlightenment in Indonesia, Wisconsin: The University of Wisconsin Press.

Reading, Charlotte (2013), Understanding Racism, Retrieved from http://www.nccah-ccnsa. c a / p u b l i c a t i o n s / l i s t s / p u b l i c a t i o n s / attachments/103/understanding_racism_EN_ web.pdf.

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai (2007), Imperialism, History, Writing and Theory, In Gupta, Tania Das, James, Carl E., Maaka, Roger C.A., Galabuzi, Grace-Edward, Andersen, Chris (eds.), Racial and Racialization: Essential Readings, Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc., pp. 328–338.

Sysling, Fenneke (2016), Racial Science and Human Diversity in Colonial Indonesia, Singapore: NUS Press.


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