This article discusses eugenics in the Americas - a scientific ideology that profoundly has affected the history of this region - and identifies common themes and varied examples for comparison. These examples demonstrate the influence of the 'well-born science' on medicine, psychiatry, education, and public policy. This article includes a broad overview of eugenics in South and North America, pointing out areas of differences and commonalities. The chapter also discusses examples of formal eugenics organizations, in their national and pan-American context and the utility of eugenics for its practitioners. The article finishes discussing examples of eugenic practice through immigration policy, puériculture programs, and sterilization.
|Title of host publication||International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 2015|
- Birth control
- Lamarckian inheritance
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences(all)