Demography and Degeneration. Eugenics and the Declining Birthrate in Twentieth-Century Britain
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, later printing, 443pp., sewn PAPERBACK, very good, slight wear, ISBN 080784554X . . Buchnummer des Verkäufers 16077
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Demography and Degeneration considers how differing scientific and pseudoscientific theories of biological inheritance became popularized and enmeshed in the prolonged, often contentious national debate about "race suicide" and "the dwindling family." Demographic statistics demonstrated that birthrates were declining among the better-educated, most successful classes while they remained high for the poorest, least-educated portion of the population. For many people steeped in the ideas of social Darwinism, eugenicist theories made this decline all the more alarming: they feared that falling birthrates among the "better" classes signfied a racial decline and degeneration that might prevent Britain from successfully negotiating the myriad competive challenges facing the nation in the twentieth century.
Although the organized eugenics movement remained small and elitist throughout most of its history, this study demonstrates how pervasive eugenic assumptions were in the middle and upper reaches of British society, at least until World War II. It also traces the important role of eugenics in the emergence of the modern family planning movement and the formulation of population policies in the interwar years.
"A magnificent piece of scholarship: immensely detailed, yet entertaining to read; sober in judgement, yet leavened by nice touches of whimsical humour; the product of first-rate archival research, yet with the thread of argument always clear."-- Times Higher Education Supplement
Titel: Demography and Degeneration. Eugenics and ...
Verlag: With a new preface by the author. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1995
Einband: Soft cover
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