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Eugenics at the Edges of Empire

New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa

Editors: Paul, Diane B., Stenhouse, John, Spencer, Hamish G. (Eds.)

  • First book to consider the history of eugenics within British colonial contexts
  • Offers a comparative approach to the history of eugenics movements in four British colonies: New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa
  • Of interest to historians of mental health, science, medicine, race, religion, gender and colonialism
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About this book

This volume explores the history of eugenics in four Dominions of the British Empire: New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and South Africa. These self-governing colonies reshaped ideas absorbed from the metropole in accord with local conditions and ideals. Compared to Britain (and the US, Germany, and Scandinavia), their orientation was generally less hereditarian and more populist and agrarian. It also reflected the view that these young and enterprising societies could potentially show Britain the way — if they were protected from internal and external threat. This volume contributes to the increasingly comparative and international literature on the history of eugenics and to several ongoing historiographic debates, especially around issues of race. As white-settler societies, questions related to racial mixing and purity were inescapable, and a notable contribution of this volume is its attention to Indigenous populations, both as targets and on occasion agents of eugenic ideology.

About the authors

Diane B. Paul is Professor Emerita, University of Massachusetts Boston and Research Associate at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Massachusetts, USA. Her research has principally focused on the histories of evolution and genetics, especially as they relate to eugenics and the nature-nurture debate.

John Stenhouse is Associate Professor in the Department of History and Art History at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. His research interests centre on nineteenth century science, religion, race, politics and gender, and their interconnections.

Hamish G. Spencer is Professor in the Department of Zoology, at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. He is a geneticist interested in the history of eugenics, especially the genetical arguments used by eugenists. He and Diane Paul have also co-authored essays on the history of laws and attitudes surrounding first-cousin marriage.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction: Eugenics as a Transnational Subject: The British Dominions

    Paul, Diane B. (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • ‘Liberty of the Nation’: Eugenics in Australia and New Zealand and the Limits of Illiberalism

    Garton, Stephen

    Pages 21-40

  • Eugenics in Canada: Choice, Coercion and Context

    Dyck, Erika

    Pages 41-61

  • The Nature of Eugenic Thought and Limits of Eugenic Practice in Interwar Saskatchewan

    Deighton, Alex

    Pages 63-84

  • Eugenic Sterilization in New Zealand: The Story of the Mental Defectives Amendment Act of 1928

    Spencer, Hamish G.

    Pages 85-106

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64686-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-64685-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Eugenics at the Edges of Empire
Book Subtitle
New Zealand, Australia, Canada and South Africa
Editors
  • Diane B. Paul
  • John Stenhouse
  • Hamish G. Spencer
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-64686-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-64686-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-64685-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 320
Number of Illustrations and Tables
2 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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