Language, Culture and Science: Reflections on the Work of George Seddon

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Abstract

This article discusses the work of George Seddon as a significantAustralian intellectual whose writing on postcolonial settler-descendantrelations with land and nature is a major contribution to academic and publiclife. Seddon’s originality lies partly in his bridging knowledge and expertise inboth the humanities and sciences. However, while there is a reliance uponfactual data drawn from geology, botany and zoology, Seddon’s analyses oflanguage and culture can appear idiosyncratic and unsystematic in terms ofsocial science methods. Based on introspection, the work might be considered‘autoethnography’, though Seddon seeks to do more than tell stories abouthimself. In acknowledging both the brilliance and shortcomings of Seddon’swork, I present some examples of how it has stimulated my own research onthe cultural implications of naming species and places in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-104
JournalThesis Eleven
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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