Faces of Degeneration: A European Disorder, c.1848-1918

Faces of Degeneration: A European Disorder, c.1848-1918

by Daniel Pick
     
 
In this work, Daniel Pick explores the conception and descent of a language of degeneration from c. 1848 to c. 1918, with particular reference to France, Italy and England. Drawing on extensive primary literature in medico-psychiatry, criminal anthropology, social criticism and the novel, the author demonstrates how in the shadows of evolutionary naturalism, new

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In this work, Daniel Pick explores the conception and descent of a language of degeneration from c. 1848 to c. 1918, with particular reference to France, Italy and England. Drawing on extensive primary literature in medico-psychiatry, criminal anthropology, social criticism and the novel, the author demonstrates how in the shadows of evolutionary naturalism, new images and theories of atavism, 'degenerescence' and socio-biological decline emerged in European culture and politics.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
'Pick has made a remarkable contribution here to a comparative understanding of degeneration theory and suggested new ways to study the spread and meaning of medical culture.' Robert A. Nye, Medical History

'An account of Faces of Degeneration would demand another book, which would never be as good as the one Pick has written.' Eugen Weber, The Times Literary Supplement

' … essential intellectual historical background for the history of anthropology in the later 19th century.' George Stocking, American Ethnologist

'Dr Pick's study makes a distinguished addition to CUP's series 'Ideas in Context'. Granted the standards already established it would be difficult to offer higher praise.' Michael Biddis, French History

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521360210
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/19/1989
Series:
Ideas in Context Series, #15
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

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