Settler attitudes to eugenics 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:
Settler attitudes to eugenics and race

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This chapter sheds light on eugenics in Kenya with an examination of the social composition and interests of the eugenicists and by contextualising their ideas, showing how eugenic thought shaped itself to the local social and political situation. The eugenics movement that emerged in Kenya subtly clashed with settler prejudices and preoccupations. The connections between the eugenic agenda in Kenya and key political issues that confronted and challenged European settler dominance and authority are examined. The official response in Nairobi is discussed as part of the story of European involvement with eugenics within the colony. The real obstruction to the development of more research lies in the external factors of economic depression and dependence on the metropole that means that the Kenya administration could not provide the financial support that was required.

Keywords: eugenics; race; settler prejudices; European settler dominance; economic depression

Chapter.  15241 words. 

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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