Book ID: CBB764376728

Eugenics at the Edges of Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa (2017)


Paul, Diane B. (Editor)
Stenhouse, John (Editor)
Spencer, Hamish G. (Editor)

Palgrave Macmillan

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 320
Language: English

This volume explores the history of eugenics in four Dominions of the British Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. These self-governing colonies reshaped ideas absorbed from the metropole in accord with local conditions and ideals. Compared to Britain (and the US, Germany, and Scandinavia), their orientation was generally less hereditarian and more populist and agrarian. It also reflected the view that these young and enterprising societies could potentially show Britain the way ― if they were protected from internal and external threat. This volume contributes to the increasingly comparative and international literature on the history of eugenics and to several ongoing historiographic debates, especially around issues of race. As white-settler societies, questions related to racial mixing and purity were inescapable, and a notable contribution of this volume is its attention to Indigenous populations, both as targets and on occasion agents of eugenic ideology.

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Review Jennifer S. Kain (2020) Review of "Eugenics at the Edges of Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa". Historical Records of Australian Science (p. 69). unapi

Review Philippa Levine (2019) Review of "Eugenics at the Edges of Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa". Social History of Medicine (pp. 883-884). unapi

Review Dennis L. Durst (2019) Review of "Eugenics at the Edges of Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa". Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences (pp. 842-843). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Coleborne, Catharine
MacLeod, Roy M.
Zeller, Suzanne E.
Numbers, Ronald L.
Stenhouse, John
Beattie, James
Social History of Medicine
Historical Records of Australian Science
Health and History
Comparative Studies in Society and History
History of Psychiatry
New Zealand Journal of Botany
Cambridge University Press
Univ. Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
Scarecrow Press
Great Britain, colonies
Science and politics
Nightingale, Florence
Stapledon, George
Cockayne, Leonard
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
17th century
18th century
New Zealand
South Africa
Great Britain

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