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Jay Timothy Dolmage, “Disabled Upon Arrival: Eugenics, Immigration, and the Construction of Race” (OSU Press, 2018) (2020)


On this episode of the New Books Network, Lee Pierce (s/t) interviews Jay Timothy Dolmage of the University of Waterloo on the new book Disabled Upon Arrival: Eugenics, Immigration, and the Construction of Race and Disability (Ohio State University Press, 2018), a compelling examination of the spaces, technologies, and discourses of immigration restriction during the peak period of North American immigration in the early twentieth century. In North America, immigration has never been about immigration. That was true in the early twentieth century when anti-immigrant rhetoric led to draconian crackdowns on the movement of bodies, and it is true today as new measures seek to construct migrants as dangerous and undesirable. Through careful archival research and consideration of the larger ideologies of racialization and xenophobia, Disabled Upon Arrival links anti-immigration rhetoric to eugenics—the flawed “science” of controlling human population based on racist and ableist ideas about bodily values. Dolmage casts an enlightening perspective on immigration restriction, showing how eugenic ideas about the value of bodies have never really gone away and revealed how such ideas and attitudes continue to cast groups and individuals as disabled upon arrival.

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Authors & Contributors
López-Guazo, Laura Suárez y
Varma, Roli
Kenny, Michael G.
Sonnert, Gerhard
Holton, Gerald James
Alemdaroǧlu, Ayça
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadien d'Histoire de la Medecine
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Science, Technology and Human Values
Science as Culture
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
Medizin, Gesellschaft, und Geschichte
Palgrave Macmillan
New York University Press
University of Toronto Press
University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Boston College
University of Wisconsin Press
Science and race
Emigration; immigration
Disabilities; disability; accessibility
Science and society
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Draper, Wickliffe Preston
Booth, William
Braudel, Fernand
Freyre, Gilberto de Mello
Kallmann, Franz Josef
United States
Great Britain
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, early
20th century, late

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