The Hour of Eugenics: Race, Gender and Nation in Latin America / Edition 1

The Hour of Eugenics: Race, Gender and Nation in Latin America / Edition 1

by Nancy Leys Stepan
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801497957

ISBN-13: 9780801497957

Pub. Date: 11/28/1996

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Eugenics was a term coined in 1883 to name the scientific and social theory which advocated "race improvement" through selective human breeding. In Europe and the United States the eugenics movement found many supporters before it was finally discredited by its association with the racist ideology of Nazi Germany. Examining for the first time how eugenics was taken

Overview

Eugenics was a term coined in 1883 to name the scientific and social theory which advocated "race improvement" through selective human breeding. In Europe and the United States the eugenics movement found many supporters before it was finally discredited by its association with the racist ideology of Nazi Germany. Examining for the first time how eugenics was taken up by scientists and social reformers in Latin America, Nancy Leys Stepan compares the eugenics movements in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina with the more familiar cases of Britain, the United States, and Germany.

In this highly original account, Stepan sheds new light on the role of science in reformulating issues of race, gender, reproduction, and public health in an era when the focus on national identity was particularly intense. Drawing upon a rich body of evidence concerning the technical publications and professional meetings of Latin American eugenicists, she examines how they adapted eugenic principles to local contexts between the world wars. Stepan shows that Latin American eugenicists diverged considerably from their counterparts in Europe and the United States in their ideological approach and their interpretations of key texts concerning heredity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801497957
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Science and Social Knowledge

1. The New Genetics and the Beginnings of Eugenics

2. Eugenics in Latin America: Its Origins and Institutional Ecology

3. Racial Poisons and the Politics of Heredity in Latin America in the 1920s

4. "Matrimonial Eugenics": Gender and the Construction of Negative Eugenics

5. National Identities and Racial Transformations

6. U.S., Pan American, and Latin Visions of Eugenics

7. Conclusion: Science and the Politics of Interpretation

Index

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