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Anarchism and eugenics

An unlikely convergence, 1890-1940

By Richard Cleminson

Anarchism and eugenics
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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-2446-3
  • Pages: 224
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £80.00
  • Published Date: May 2019
  • BIC Category: Genetics (non-medical), Early 20th century c 1900 to c 1950, c 1890 to c 1899, Anarchism, PSYCHOLOGY / Creative Ability, Sociology, Society & social sciences / History of ideas, Society & social sciences / Anarchism, SOCIAL SCIENCE / General, Society & social sciences / Political activism
  • Series: Contemporary Anarchist Studies

Description

At the heart of this book is what would appear to be a striking and fundamental paradox: the espousal of a 'scientific' doctrine that sought to eliminate 'dysgenics' and champion the 'fit' as a means of 'race' survival by a political and social movement that ostensibly believed in the destruction of the state and the removal of all hierarchical relationships. What explains this reception of eugenics by anarchism? How was eugenics mobilised by anarchists as part of their struggle against capitalism and the state? What were the consequences of this overlap for both anarchism and eugenics as transnational movements?

Contents

Introduction
1. The national and international context of theories on inheritance and eugenics
2. From "Conscious Procreation" and Neo-Malthusianism to Eugenics: Anarchism in England, France, Portugal, Spain and Argentina, 1890-1920
3. Anarchist eugenics, women's bodies and the dilemma of sterilisation
4. Conclusion

Author

Richard Cleminson is Professor of Hispanic Studies at the University of Leeds

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