The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics

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EditorAlison Bashford, Philippa Levine

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Winner of the Cantemir Prize of the Berendel FoundationEugenic thought and practice swept the world from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century in a remarkable transnational phenomenon. Eugenics informed social and scientific policy across the political spectrum, from liberal welfare measures in emerging social-democratic states to feministambitions for birth control, from public health campaigns to totalitarian dreams of the "perfectibility of man." This book dispels for uninitiated readers the automatic and apparently exclusive link between eugenics and the Holocaust. It is the first world history of eugenics and an indispensablecore text for both teaching and research. Eugenics has accumulated generations of interest as experts attempted to connect biology, human capacity, and policy. In the past and the present, eugenics speaks to questions of race, class, gender and sex, evolution, governance, nationalism, disability, and the social implications of science. Inthe current climate, in which the human genome project, stem cell research, and new reproductive technologies have proven so controversial, the history of eugenics has much to teach us about the relationship between scientific research, technology, and human ethical decision-making.

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Winner of the Cantemir Prize of the Berendel FoundationEugenic thought and practice swept the world from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century in a remarkable transnational phenomenon. Eugenics informed social and scientific policy across the political spectrum, from liberal welfare measures in emerging social-democratic sta...

Alison Bashford is Professor of Modern History at the University of Sydney. She has published widely on the modern history of science and medicine, including Purity and Pollution and Imperial Hygiene, and has co-edited Contagion, Isolation, and Medicine at the Border. Philippa Levine is the Mary Helen Thompson Centennial Professor in ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:608 pages, 9.75 × 6.75 × 0.68 inPublished:September 5, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsAbbreviationsIntroductionPhilippa Levine and Alison Bashford: Eugenics and the modern worldPart One: Transnational themes in the history of eugenics1. Diane B. Paul and James Moore: The Darwinian context: Evolution and inheritance2. Philippa Levine: Anthropology, colonialism, and eugenics3. Marius Turda: Race, science, and eugenics in the twentieth century4. Nils Roll-Hansen: Eugenics and the science of genetics5. Susanne Klausen and Alison Bashford: Fertility control: Eugenics, neo-Malthusianism, and feminism6. Mathew Thomson: Disability, psychiatry, and eugenics7. Veronique Mottier: Eugenics and the state: Policy-making in comparative perspective8. Alison Bashford: Internationalism, cosmopolitanism, and eugenics9. Alexander Minna Stern: Gender and sexuality: A global tour and compass10. A. Dirk Moses and Dan Stone: Eugenics and genocidePart Two: National/colonial formations11. Lucy Bland and Lesley Hall: Eugenics in Britain: The view from the metropole12. Sarah Hodges: South Asia's eugenic past13. Stephen Garton: Eugenics in Australia and New Zealand: Laboratories of racial science14. Yuehtsen Juliette Chung: Eugenics in China and Hong Kong: Nationalism and colonialism, 1890s-1940s15. Saul Dubow: Eugenics in South Africa: Paradoxes in the place of race?16. Chloe Campbell: Eugenics in colonial Kenya17. Sunil S. Amrith: Eugenics in post-colonial Southeast Asia18. Paul Weindling: German eugenics and the wider world: Beyond the racial state19. Richard S. Fogarty and Michael A. Osborne: Eugenics in France and the colonies20. Hans Pols: Eugenics in the Netherlands and the Dutch East Indies21. Mattias Tydn: The Scandinavian states: Reformed eugenics applied22. Maria Sophia Quine: The first-wave eugenic revolution in southern Europe: Science sans frontieres23. Maria Bucur: Eugenics in eastern Europe, 1870s-194524. Nikolai Krementsov: Eugenics in Russia and the Soviet Union25. Jennifer Robertson: Eugenics in Japan: Sanguinous repair26. Cyrus Schayegh: Eugenics in interwar Iran27. Raphael Falk: Eugenics and the Jews28. Patience A. Schell: Eugenics policy and practice in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Mexico29. Gilberto Hochman, N!sia Trindade Lima, and Marcos Chor Maio: The path of eugenics in Brazil: Dilemmas of miscegenation30. Wendy Kline: Eugenics in the United States31. Carolyn Strange and Jennifer A. Stephen: Eugenics in Canada: A chequered history, 1850s - 1990sEpilogue: Where did eugenics go?ChronologyIndex