American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism

American Eugenics: Race, Queer Anatomy, and the Science of Nationalism

Nancy Ordover


lines the historical past of eugenics ideology within the usa and its ongoing presence in modern lifestyles. The Nazis can have given eugenics its adverse connotations, however the practice--and the "science" that helps it--is nonetheless disturbingly alive in the US in anti-immigration tasks, the hunt for a "gay gene, " and theories of collective intelligence. Tracing the old roots and endurance of eugenics within the usa, Nancy Ordover explores the political and cultural weather that has endowed those campaigns with mass allure and clinical legitimacy. American Eugenics demonstrates how organic theories of race, gender, and sexuality are crucially associated via a priority with regulating the "unfit." those hyperlinks emerge in Ordover's exam of 3 separate yet eventually similar American eugenics campaigns: early twentieth-century anti-immigration crusades; clinical types and interventions imposed on (and occasionally embraced through) lesbians, gays, transgendered humans, and bisexuals; and the obligatory sterilization of terrible ladies and girls of colour. all through, her paintings finds how built notions of race, gender, sexuality, and country are placed to ideological makes use of and the way "faith in technology" can undermine innovative social routine, drawing liberals and conservatives alike into eugenics-based discourse and guidelines.

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