Thesis ID: CBB199249705

The Biology of Mario Canella: Science, Politics, and Racism in the Age of Italian Fascism (2021)


Gliboff, Sander Joel (Advisor)
Giovanni Bisi (Author)

Gliboff, Sander Joel
Indiana University
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 66

Mario Francesco Canella was an Italian scientist active primarily before and during the Italian fascist period and the second world war. His writing is notable for an early period dedicated to a firm defense of Lamarckism and opposition to Darwinism, followed by an abrupt shift beginning in the 1940s to an almost exclusive focus on racial science and eugenics. Following the end of the war, his writing shifts again to a much narrower focus on microzoology, and does not revisit either of his earlier themes. At first, these shifts appear driven purely by political considerations, hinting that Canella repeatedly modified and abandoned his views to fit changing political climates. However, while his second shift away from racial science shows evidence of this being the case, the two other periods demonstrate much stronger theoretical links, and the original shift into racial science is much more firmly rooted in beliefs expressed within Canella’s earlier writing.

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Authors & Contributors
Bonolis, Luisa
Brechenmacher, Frédéric
Calascibetta, Franco
Capocci, Mauro
Cavaglion, Alberto
Cerruti, Luigi
Hispanic American Historical Review
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
History of the Human Sciences
Physics in Perspective
Substantia: An International Journal of the History of Chemistry
Società Chimica Italiana
Edizioni ETS
Carocci Editore
La Nuova Italia
Science and politics
Science and society
Science and race
Levi-Montalcini, Rita
Levi, Giuseppe
Cavalli-Sforza, L. Luca
Gentile, Giovanni
Gini, Corrado
Lombroso, Cesare
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
19th century
Kingdom of Italy (1861-1946)

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