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Eugenicism

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Eugenicism is the constellation of beliefs, practices, policies, theories, and doctrines related to eugenics, the improvement of the human species by promoting the reproduction of certain bodies and genetic structures (positive eugenics) while discouraging and preventing reproduction of those bodies and genetic traits deemed by the hegemonic culture to be undesirable (negative eugenics). Therefore, eugenics embodies issues of nationhood, citizenship, and democracy. Eugenics questions nature/heredity versus nurture/culture while ultimately biologizing and valuating human beings. The word eugenics, ...

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