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British eugenics, empire and race

Chloe Campbell

in Race and Empire

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780719071607
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700686 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719071607.003.0002
British eugenics, empire and race

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This chapter discusses the history of British eugenics, its internal debates and evolving position, and examines the aspects of British eugenic and racial thought that influenced Kenyan eugenicists in the formation of their agenda for ‘scientific colonization’. The wider imperial implications of British eugenic thought is then considered with a further examination of the intellectual connections and fissures between colonial and metropolitan eugenic thought. The relationship between British eugenics, race and colonial imperialism is examined as an introduction to an explanation of how eugenics developed in Kenya and the reasons that the Kenyan eugenics research programme attracted the British Eugenics Society. The formation of a eugenics movement in the colony is seen as heralding a new era of science and social responsibility that represents an intellectual coming-of-age in settler society.

Keywords: British eugenics; scientific colonization; colonial imperialism; race; Kenyan eugenics

Chapter.  12444 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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