The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics

The Oxford Handbook of the History of Eugenics

4.38 (21 ratings by Goodreads)
Edited by  , Edited by 

List price: US$170.00

Currently unavailable

We can notify you when this item is back in stock

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

Description

Eugenic thought and practice swept the world from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century in a remarkable transnational phenomenon that informed social and scientific policy across the political spectrum, from liberal welfare measures in emerging social-democratic states, to feminist ambitions for birth control, to 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: the popularity of eugenics in Japan, for example, comes as a surprise. It is the first world history of eugenics and an indispensable core text for both teaching and research in what has become a sprawling but ever more important field. Eugenics has accumulated generations of interest as part of the question of how experts think about the connections between 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. In the current climate, where 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. This volume offers both a nineteenth-century context for understanding the emergence of eugenics and a consideration of contemporary manifestations of, and relationships to eugenics. It is the definitive text for students and researchers to consult for careful and up-to-date summaries, new substantive fields where very little work is currently available (e.g. eugenics in Iran, South Africa, and South East Asia); transnational thematic lines of inquiry; the integration of literature on colonialism; and connections to contemporary issues.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 608 pages
  • 172.72 x 248.92 x 48.26mm | 1,179.33g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195373146
  • 9780195373141
  • 1,457,462

About Alison Bashford

Alison Bashford Associate Professor of of History, University of Sydney; Philippa Levine Professor of History and English, University of Southern Californiashow more

Table of contents

CONTRIBUTORS; ABBREVIATIONS; INTRODUCTION; EUGENICS AND THE MODERN WORLD; PHILIPPA LEVINE AND ALISON BASHFORD; PART ONE: TRANSNATIONAL THEMES IN THE HISTORY OF EUGENICS; DIANE B. PAUL AND JAMES MOORE; PHILIPPA LEVINE; MARIUS TURDA; NILS ROLL-HANSEN; SUSANNE KLAUSEN AND ALISON BASHFORD; MATHEW THOMSON; VERONIQUE MOTTIER; ALISON BASHFORD; ALEXANDRA MINNA STERN; A. DIRK MOSES AND DAN STONE; PART TWO: NATIONAL/COLONIAL FORMATIONS; LUCY BLAND AND LESLEY HALL; SARAH HODGES; STEPHEN GARTON; YUEHTSEN JULIETTE CHUNG; SAUL DUBOW; CHLOE CAMPBELL; SUNIL S. AMRITH; PAUL WEINDLING; RICHARD S. FOGARTY AND MICHAEL A. OSBORNE; HANS POLS; MATTIAS TYDEN; MARIA SOPHIA QUINE; MARIA BUCUR; NIKOLAI KREMENTSOV; JENNIFER ROBERTSON; CYRUS SCHAYEGH; RAPHAEL FALK; PATIENCE A. SCHELL; GILBERTO HOCHMAN, NISIA TRINDADE LIMA, AND MARCOS CHOR MAIO; WENDY KLINE; CAROLYN STRANGE AND JENNIFER A. STEPHEN; EPILOGUE: WHERE DID EUGENICS GO?; ALISON BASHFORD; CHRONOLOGY; INDEXshow more

Review quote

Both the beginner and the seasoned scholar should be able to find new and intriguing perspectives in this well-edited volume. * Maria Bjorkman, BJHS *show more

Rating details

21 ratings
4.38 out of 5 stars
5 48% (10)
4 43% (9)
3 10% (2)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X