The Wellborn Science

The Wellborn Science : Eugenics in Germany, France, Brazil, and Russia

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Eugenics is the branch of biology concerned with the improvement of hereditary qualities in humans. It draws scientists into direct contact with social and political policy makers. Yet, eugenic movements which have been mainly implemented by politicians, often differ significantly from the original aims of the scientists.

The four contributors to this volume examine the eugenic movements in Germany, France, Brazil, and the Soviet Union. The scientific components of those programmes are considered alongside the social, religious, and political forces which significantly altered the original scientific goals. The book opens up new and comparative perspectives on the history of eugenics and the social aspects of science in general.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 254 pages
  • 159 x 241 x 22mm | 605g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195053613
  • 9780195053616
  • 1,933,029

Table of contents

Introduction: Eugenics in the history of science; Sheila Faith Weiss : The race hygiene movement in Germany 1900-1940; William H. Schneider : The eugenics movement in France 1890-1940; Nancy Leys Stepan : Eugenics in Brazil 1917-1940; Mark B. Adams : Eugenics in Russia 1900-1940; Conclusion: Towards a comparative history of eugenics: Issues and prospects
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"This volume should be bought and read not only by historians of science but by all those interested in and involved in the Human Genome Project. To know what was thought and what happened in the twentieth century may be helpful for those who will be active in the twenty-first." --Nature

"[Adams] has produced a comparative history of the eugenics movement based largely on non-English sources. The result is an unusually coherent and provocative composite work which significantly broadens our understanding of this movement's worldwide impact. This volume fulfills the promise of comparative history by widening the scope of investigations, and by suggesting ways to reexamine old questions and to frame new ones."--Journal of the History of Behavioral Sciences

"Mark Adam's excellent analysis and account of the rise and fall of eugenics in Russia tells a tale of much importance and adds not a few previously unreported matters." --The Quarterly Review of Biology
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