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Better Britons: Reproduction, National Identity, and the Afterlife of Empire
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-23, 01:32 authored by Katherine Darian-SmithKatherine Darian-Smith
Within British white settler societies, the reproductive capacity of both colonists and Indigenous peoples was an important feature of nationbuilding, and one explicitly tied to issues of race, ethnicity and class. The popularity of eugenics, a term coined by Francis Galton in 1883, highlighted concerns about the genetic improvement of racial and national stock through a ‘scientific’ approach to breeding. A parallel interest in child and material welfare emphasises the centrality of reproductive health to the modern nation.
Publication titleAustralian Historical Studies
Department/SchoolCollege Office - College of Arts, Law and Education
Place of publicationHist Dept, Parkville, Australia, Victoria, 3052