Metropolitan responses

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:
Metropolitan responses

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This chapter discusses the reception of Kenyan racial theories in Britain, uncovering the political complexity of ‘native mentality’ and examines how it came about that the leaders of the British Eugenics Society, who were at that time attempting to reform the organisation along more moderate lines, wrote letters and so actively supported Kenyan research. The relationship between Kenyan racial theories and British eugenics is analysed and contextualised. The study reveals the aftermath of the publicity given to Kenyan racial theories. There was fierce debate on the issue of race and intelligence in relation to the Kenyan research. Kenyan eugenicists sparked a fascinating metropolitan debate on race and science. The chapter also analyses the reaction within the colonial office and the British government to the Kenyan eugenics movement.

Keywords: Kenyan racial theories; native mentality; metropolitan debate; race; eugenics movement

Chapter.  17146 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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